What does one say when starting a process like this? 3 months – 4 cycles. 10 days down, 10 days up, and then another treatment. This was the first chemo infusion I had, and was glad it was preceded by the oncologist saying, “oh wait, we almost forgot to pray!” I had my prayer shawl, this one made by my mom (which I snuck into surgery with me in Hong Kong by wrapping it around my feet, under the blanket … so it’s my spy prayer shawl now!) Eric read a funny book on parenting and the steroids they gave me kept me cheerful for the full first day after the treatment.
We’re on day 3 now, and the reality is starting to sink in – first some nausea, then aching knees, an hour of energy then fatigue. I realize I’ll be watching a lot of DVD’s … Downton Abbey here I come. But in all, I’m just grateful that this was caught when it was, and that there are known ways of treating this. I just keep coming back to that, because it gives me hope and it reminds me to tell everyone: breast self exams make a big difference, as do routine physicals. Our bodies are amazing gifts, so appreciate yours and take care of it!