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Posted 2016-01-13T17:25:00Z

Chemo is DONE!

Hello! I’m so sorry it has been so long since I’ve posted an update. In October 2015 I went from having chemo once every two weeks to having it weekly, and it truly took over my life. Most days were spent trying to figure out how to manage my side effects while also attending to the important things in my life. [...]

Posted 2015-10-22T06:17:55Z

The Daily Chemo - Well Being

[Part Three of a Series. I was writing to a friend of mine the other day talking about some of the side effects of chemo and all of the things I was doing to try to head them off. And then it occurred to me: I have been doing an absurd amount of work to keep myself healthy and to stave off any side effects from the treatment. And maybe some of you would like to know what a day in the life of a cancer patient might look like. [...]

Posted 2015-09-30T20:59:52Z

The Daily Chemo - Appearance

[Part Two of a Series. I was writing to a friend of mine the other day talking about some of the side effects of chemo and all of the things I was doing to try to head them off. And then it occurred to me: I have been doing an absurd amount of work to keep myself healthy and to stave off any side effects from the treatment. And maybe some of you would like to know what a day in the life of a cancer patient might look like. [...]

Posted 2015-09-14T00:16:00Z

The Daily Chemo - Medications/Physical Symptoms

[Part One of a Series. I was writing to a friend of mine the other day talking about some of the side effects of chemo and all of the things I was doing to try to head them off. And then it occurred to me: I have been doing an absurd amount of work to keep myself healthy and to stave off any side effects from the treatment. And maybe some of you would like to know what a day in the life of a cancer patient might look like. [...]

Posted 2015-08-20T17:02:10Z

First Day of Chemo: Done!

Just a quick note to let you all know that the first day of chemo is done! What's most amazing about that is that the anxiety of not knowing what to expect is completely gone, and from now on I'll focus on staying well and managing the side effects. [...]

Posted 2015-08-18T18:13:00Z

Chemo, Take Two

So, today was a particularly difficult day. I showed up at the infusion center at 8:45am for my first chemo treatment only to find out that I would need to reschedule. The Cold Caps (which my mother and I have spent a fortune on, out of pocket) were never put in the freezer when delivered to the hospital last week. This means that I would not able to do chemo as scheduled today using the caps - the caps that are a necessity in order to try to keep my hair. Needless to say, this is not the day I was hoping for (though, to be fair, I was also never hoping to join the Cancer Club to begin with.)[...]

Posted 2015-07-22T04:42:00Z

My Chemo Start Date

My first day of chemo will be August 18.

My blood runs a little cold as I say that. Chemo. I never in a million years thought that I'd be experiencing this. You always think it will happen to someone else but now it's the reality I'm living. But strangely I've been able to put off thinking about it because (in true Erin fashion) I've been busying myself with things that help me avoid it. (Most notably - I'm producing TWO SHOWS right now - one I've directed [BOYS' LIFE] and one I'm starring in [BOY GETS GIRL, running through August 2.][...]

Posted 2015-07-15T04:44:00Z

PET Scan Results (Good!)

I found out that my PET scan results were clear for cancer having spread to other parts of my body. (Yay!) They were unclear whether or not they had gotten all of the breast cancer during my surgery, because there was still a bit of swelling at the surgery site and the scan was unclear. But that's not much of a concern because chemo and radiation will nuke any of that. [...]