I spent Valentine's Day on my last date with Carboplatin and Paclitaxel, with my doting Mom as chaperone. Unfortunately the date didn't end well. I had a VasoVagal reaction: my blood pressure crashed to 60/30, my arms and legs went numb, I couldn't talk, my GI track went ballistic, and I had tunnel vision and spots. My body said enough! and we had to stop my carbo infusion early. It was scary and I can't say it loudly or often enough -- nurses are the true heroes. Thank you, Betsy, Colleen, and Amanda, for taking care of me. Most patients don't make it through two full 6-infusion cycles of Carbo/Taxol, and I did much better than most. So I have to be happy I lasted as long as I did and just hope it was enough to get me into remission. From here on out I have Avastin-only infusions every 3 weeks, which is classified as immunotherapy, not chemotherapy, and should have more manageable side effects. [...]
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Welcome to the Michelle Kendall support family! This site is for family and friends, old and new, to organize our efforts to support this extraordinary person. This page will serve as your home base for rallying the troops, receiving updates to support Michelle Kendall . Here's the plan:
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