Beating Breast Cancer – Weekly Update #20

Beating Breast Cancer as a Thirty Something - Weekly Update #20

I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and have decided to blog about my journey.  If you need to catch up on my story, please check out this page for the chronological list of posts.

This was a busy week!  Not only was it full of typical spring activities, I also visited the cancer center three times.

Last week I mentioned that my chemo schedule was going to change slightly due to some different procedures in the lab. So on Monday I went to the cancer center lab to get my blood drawn.  The actual blood draw took two minutes, but the cancer center is a busy place on a Monday, so there was a little wait time for my turn in the lab.

With my blood test already done, it was weird to go in for chemo on Tuesday and not visit the lab or spend very much time in the waiting room.  I almost immediately got called in for my appointment with the nurse practitioner.  She said that all of my blood testing came back fine and I was good to go for another round of Taxol.  <<Sidenote: In my update last week, I totally forgot to mention the migraine discussion with my oncologist.  She said it wouldn’t have been the chemo that brought on my migraines and she said I should visit a primary care doctor about them.  Since my history with physicians and migraines isn’t the best {you can read about that here} and my oncologist didn’t think it was chemo related, I opted to just really focus on my diet the following week.  I haven’t had another one since that 24 hours when I had three.>>

My chemo infusion (Taxol #5 of 12) was the same as usual, with one exception.  My nurse for the day had the magic Benadryl touch!  She let it drip way slower than I have had it done previously and it made a huge difference.  My head still spun a little bit, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as it has been in the past.  I don’t even think I took my Benadryl-induced nap this time!

I was happy to see that I wasn’t the only one who switched chemo days; a couple of friendly familiar faces from Monday chemo day were there this past Tuesday.  It has been a very interesting experience going to the cancer center.  As a thirty-something woman, I am definitely in the minority. However, I have something in common with these people that allows for a unique camaraderie to develop, even though we talk very little during treatment and try to respect each other’s privacy (which can be hard when treatment is in one large room).  We might not have extensive discussions, but we flash each other a smile if someone cracks a joke when the nurses start in on the bowel questions.  We give an understanding nod when the discussion turns to chemo side effects.  We give a heartfelt congratulations on a fellow patient’s last day of chemo, with the somber realization that other patients in the room don’t have that luxury.  We’re definitely a diverse bunch, but we are united in our hatred of cancer!

Wednesday was my third trip up to the cancer center.  My beloved facial day that I look forward to ALLLLLL month.  There’s not much else to say about it, but it was sure a welcome treat.

Thursday is now my “day three”, when I feel more fatigued than usual.  I have come to terms with the fact that I have a pattern of fatigue with this chemo drug.  I cut myself a little extra slack on day three and I won’t be planning hikes or anything on my “day threes” over the summer.  However, even with this little extra fatigue one day a week, I am feeling SO MUCH BETTER than I felt on the previous chemo drug.  For that I am extremely grateful.

So that was my week in cancer-related news.  In other news, I am all set to return to a normal blogging schedule on June 1st. That’s right, Mommy Standard Time will be back to regular postings on the blog and Facebook!  I will be unveiling my plans for a HUGE giveaway prize that involves Facebook, so be sure to like my page and follow me there if you want to join in on the fun!

Keep Reading – – – > Weekly Update #21 (June 4, 2017) {Taxol 6 of 12, Expander Before and After, Brown Fingernails}