This past Friday, January 12th, marked my first milestone on this cancer journey. I had my last AC chemo. I haven’t had any major issues with this treatment, but I am super glad and grateful to say that this was my last dose and it’s time to move onto the next phase.
I’ve been really lucky to have my aunt here helping out this time so that I can just rest my body more than I have been. It feels nice to be able to let someone else handle the meals, the dishes and the laundry for a few days.
Medication-wise, this time I was able to drop the Compazine entirely and I took only one Zofran. I otherwise made it through this treatment phase on the steroids alone. I had a nastier, more bitter taste in my mouth this time, which made it really hard to drink and get enough fluids. Now that I’m on Day 5, I can kind of make up for some of that. I’m also thinking now that I will try this weekend to drink as much water as I can and soak in a nice Epsom Salt bath to see if I can treat my skin a little better.
What is the next phase? 12 weeks of weekly Taxol with Hercepta and Perjeta added every three. While there are still the same restrictions to work within (not going out where there are a lot of people, making sure I have support around to help when I need it, etc.), and the side effects will be a little different. I need to have some different supplements this time to help ensure I don’t have neuropathy issues – the ones where your hands and feet tingle. I am hoping to be able to work more than I have been able since starting this chemo back in November. I probably won’t get my hair back, but that’s okay because I have my awesome wig! Next milestone is at the end of April when we re-do scans and make decisions about surgery.