November 15, 2010
I can't believe it's been over a month since I last posted anything. The last month of chemo pretty much went as usual. It probably sounds a little weird, but chemo was not nearly as bad as I imagined. It has been over a week since my last (and final) treatment and I'm feeling pretty well. My hair is growing in pretty well, I've got the GI Jane look going on. My port should come out soon and then Wesley and I are going on a much needed vacation. I have put off writing this for a while, I think because I wasn't sure how I felt about it all yet. People keep asking me how I feel about being done with treatment and I don't really have an answer. I guess most people expect me to be ecstatic but I find that I'm not that enthusiastic. For others it probably seemed like I was diagnosed with cancer, started treatment and then I was finished! Although for me this has been a process and at first it felt like it was never going to be over and each treatment I counted down to the end. Basically, I knew quite well when this would be over and throughout the whole process I've kept my focus on what was next and now there isn't really anything next, except the well...the rest of my life.
October 9, 2010
It's been a while since I posted anything. Things have been going very smoothly and I don't have a lot to report. I did find out that I will definitely not be getting any radiation treatment. With my tenth treatment under my belt; I only have 2 treatments left.
Alanna is at the beach this weekend for Pirate Fest. She has also set up a lemonade stand to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
September 12, 2010
I haven't felt too bad this weekend. The steroids have definitely helped my breathing. I go back to the doctor tomorrow to check on my progress. It just sort of sunk in that I only have 4 treatments left, that's 8 weeks. We are finally getting to the end of this! And without the bleomycin, I think the next 4 will be much easier.
September 11, 2010
Yesterday was quite a long day. I was able to have my 8th treatment minus the bleomycin. Thursday and Friday I had a few coughing fits and was short of breath. After treatment, they sent me to have a CT scan of my lungs. My lungs showed some inflammation which may be lung toxicity. I am taking a steroid to help with the breathing. They will probably permanently take me off of the the bleomycin.
The good news is that I am already breathing better and I only have 4 more treatments to go!
September 9, 2010
Well, this cold won't really go away. I've had a low grade fever all week and a really bad cough. I went to the doctor today and my white counts were low so I got a shot to boost it. This should mean that I will be able to get my treatment tomorrow. I'm afraid that getting treatment on top of a cold will make for a very unpleasant weekend.
September 5, 2010
This is the first holiday weekend that I have had off from treatment. So I decided to make the most of it. Friday, I attended school mass where Alanna was sworn in as 4th grade class president, yesterday I repainted Alanna's room, and today we went to shark tooth island. Of course, now I'm paying for all of that fun. I have a 100.4 fever. I really hope this doesn't set my next treatment back. Keep your fingers crossed.