Last Thursday I finished the 12th and final infusion of Taxol, the first of the two kinds of chemotherapy I have to do. As I sat in the infusion chair my heart was heavy as I honored my dear friend Alana who recently passed away from cancer. She had such a tough battle and taught me so much about the importance of strength, laughter and grace in the hardest of times. Thank you, Alana, for showing me the way.
It was a long three months of weekly infusions but I'm happy to report that it wasn't as bad as I was expecting. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't fun but I only barfed once and that to me is a big win. The worst side effects have been fatigue, nausea, heartburn and hyperpigmentation. I'm starting to develop some neuropathy in my hands and feet but I'm told that is not a side effect of the next round of chemo I'm doing, so moving forward hopefully it will start to go away. Listing it all out makes it seem pretty terrible but I was still able to eat ice cream so it wasn't THAT terrible.
I start my 2nd and final round of chemo on November 15. I will get 4 infusions of "AC" every other week. If all goes according to plan, I'll be done with chemo by the end of the year. Keep your fingers crossed that chemo doesn't spill into 2019!
The best part about finishing round one is that two dear old pals, Evelyn and Tracy, came out from Massachusetts for a visit. They truly helped add a pep in my step that hasn't been there for a long time. We explored and ate our way through this amazing city. And we laughed, a lot! It was amazing and I'm so so thankful that they made the journey out here to see me.
Lastly, I want to thank everyone in this amazing community for all that you are doing to help us through this time. Your donations, cards, care packages, food deliveries, phone calls, texts, etc. are so deeply appreciated. I don't think we could do this without you. Thank You!