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. [...]
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Hello, all! So many of you have made amazing offers of help and have already come through with support for doctor's appointments and food so that Brandon and I don't have to stare at our stove in confusion (as neither of us are fantastic cooks!)[...]
[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. [...]
[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. [...]
[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. [...]
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. [...]
Hey, everyone. Many of you know that my amazing boyfriend, Brandon, works at Bareburger and they have put together a one day fundraiser TODAY at 20 of their locations. They're asking people to make a donation to my cancer fund, and anyone who does will get free fries! [...]
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.)[...]
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.][...]
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. [...]
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