July Update – More than half way done with Taxol!

Wow...I didn't realize it has been a month since my last update. I'm still here! Life has been busy...weekly chemo, summer activities, and we even squeezed in a quick trip to Branson. I've been doing my Taxol every Friday afternoon, so we've been rocking and rolling! I just had my 7th Taxol infusion on Friday,…

Taxol & A Significant Interval Improvement

Sooooooo...last week I had my first round of Taxol. (I previously completed four treatments of AC, and have now moved on to 12 weekly doses of Taxol.) Y'all...I cannot fully describe how much better this treatment went! It went so well! Additionally, we got an update on my tumor and lymph nodes. More to come…

Round 4 – Revenge of the GERD

We made it through round 4 of the AC treatments! Those awful days are now behind us. Praise Jesus! The doctors told us, and I read over and over, that with each treatment, recovery would take a little longer. And new side effects would present themselves each time. Ding-Ding-Ding They were right on the money.…

Round 3 – Cancer Sucks

I normally write an update a few days after treatment, because all is well in the world again and Mary Poppins is singing in the air. Well, whatever...that wasn't the case this time. Round 3 was tougher. But it's to be expected...we were told that each round takes a little more to recover each time.…

Round Two Infusion – Done!

I can happily report that round two went much better than round one. We made three changes to my med combo on treatment day. First, I took my main nausea med the morning of, rather than the night before. They changed my IV nausea med to a different drug, and they reduced the amount of…

The In-Between

Hey friends! It's been a few days since I've updated everyone on how things are going. I've had numerous texts, calls, message asking how I was doing this first full week after treatment. Everyone has such different reactions to chemotherapy, you never know how it's going to go. Well, I'm happy to report that I've…

Chemo 1 – Update

That. Was. Awful. That's the best way I can describe my first chemo treatment. I originally updated the afternoon I had my first infusion...I was feeling good and really optimistic. Well, it's a good thing I wrote it when I did...because a few hours later, everything changed. Before the actual chemotherapy drugs were administered, I…

Hurry Up & Wait Some More

Here we are...waiting again. On February 26, we originally thought surgery would be the first thing we would do. The nurse navigator scheduled me to meet with the surgeon the next week. I spoke with the surgeon's nurse the following day, and I asked how quickly they would be able to get me in to…

Hurry Up & Wait

For those of you that know me well, you know that patience is not one of my virtues. This constant waiting game is enough to create more ulcers than the original diagnosis will! When we first met with the doctor, she said that I needed all of these tests and scans done before we started…

Port Surgery

Today was Port Surgery Day...meaning I had my mediport implanted in my chest. Rather than running chemo through a traditional IV in my arm, they'll be able to access this port for every session. Additionally, the continuing infusions of Herceptin and Prajeta will also be administered through this port for the next 12 months. Thankful…