August 5, 2017
Dear Friends and Family,
A milestone has occurred in my treatment, I have COMPLETED 12 rounds of Taxol! 🙂 My Chemo Anchors this week were my mom and dad. Throughout my treatment, my mom texts or calls me everyday to see how I am doing. We celebrated be eating my mom’s homemade chocolate chip cookies for National Chocolate Chip Day! It is an amazing feeling to be making such progress, but I do still have radiation in the fall and reconstruction in the spring.
Overall, I would say that my body handled Taxol really well. My main symptom throughout treatment was fatigue. I also experienced congestion daily. Occasionally, I experienced light nose bleeds in the morning, blurry vision, and sensitive teeth. Chemotherapy also causes hot flashes, which some call “chemopause” since it is induced by chemotherapy. I did experience hot flashes on occasion. I did not experience other side effects listed on the information sheet that I received from my oncologist, I received some side effects that were not listed, so I really can’t complain. Also, my oncologist was surprised to see that I still have hair. I never shaved my head, I feel comfortable wearing hats and headbands because you are able to see what hair I do have left. I actually got my short hair trimmed a few weeks ago due to it growing. From what I have read, some people’s hair grows while on Taxol. I am planning on wearing my “garment” to work though. My eyelashes are falling out day by day, but I sill have enough to put on mascara. I try to remember to make a wish with the loss of each eyelash. I also didn’t realize my lower lashes had fallen out as much as they did. My eyebrows seem like they are a bit thinner, but I can’t really tell.
Next Friday on August 11th, my oncologist and a pharmacist will review the side effects of AC with me before my treatment. AC consists of two drugs, A – Adriamycin (doxorubicin) and C – Cyclophosphamide. My AC treatment will start next week, every other week for 8 weeks, so 4 treatments total. I am going to keep an open mind and expect the worst, but HOPE for the best.
Last week I met up with the Houston Young Survivor’s Coalition (YSC) Group. YSC consists of a group of women who were diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of 40. I enjoyed meeting with women that are just like me! There was a group of about 7 of us and we really hit it off and obviously had so much in common. I am looking forward to participating in activities with them in the future.
Anchored in HOPE,