The Anchor โš“๏ธ๐Ÿ’—โš“๏ธ – Edition 18

August 5, 2017

Dear Friends and Family,ย 

A milestone has occurred in my treatment, I have COMPLETED 12 rounds of Taxol!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ย  My Chemo Anchors this week were my mom and dad.ย  Throughout my treatment, my mom texts or calls me everyday to see how I am doing.ย  We celebrated be eating my mom’sย  homemade chocolate chip cookies for National Chocolate Chip Day!ย  It is an amazing feeling to be making such progress, but I do still have radiation in the fall and reconstruction in the spring.ย 

8-4 chemoOverall, I would say that my body handled Taxol really well.ย  My main symptom throughout treatment was fatigue. ย 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.ย  Also, my oncologist was surprised to see that I still have hair.ย  I never shaved my head, I feel comfortable wearing hats and headbands because you are able to see what hair I do have left.ย  I actually got my short hair trimmed a few weeks ago due to it growing.ย  From what I have read, some people’s hair grows while on Taxol.ย  I am planning on wearing my “garment” to work though.ย  My eyelashes are falling out day by day, but I sill have enough to put on mascara.ย  I try to remember to make a wish with the loss of each eyelash. ย  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,ย  my oncologist and a pharmacist will review the side effects of AC with me before my treatment.ย  AC consists of two drugs, A โ€“ Adriamycin (doxorubicin) and C โ€“ Cyclophosphamide.ย  My AC treatment will start next week, every other week for 8 weeks, so 4 treatments total.ย  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.ย  YSC consists of a group of women who were diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of 40.ย  I enjoyed meeting with women that are just like me!ย  There was a group of about 7 of us and we really hit it off and obviously had so much in common.ย  I am looking forward to participating in activities with them in the future.

Anchored in HOPE,

JW

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “The Anchor โš“๏ธ๐Ÿ’—โš“๏ธ – Edition 18”

  1. It’s so comforting to read your blog and continually be updated. And we love the pictures! It’s just so wonderful to hear how well you and your body are handling the treatments, considering all the possible side effects. You are so strong!!! We are so proud of you! Love, Aunt Diana and Uncle Jim

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