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1st Day of Kadcyla

October 12, 2018 I got my first dose of Kadcyla today. It’s another targeted chemotherapy drug that is supposed to stop the cancer from growing and spreading. The previous two targeted chemotherapy drugs, Herceptin and Perjeta, clearly weren’t working for … Continue reading

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Cisplatin – Week 6

August 23, 2018 I had my last dose of Cisplatin today. The 6th week of this awful stuff. It was reduced by 50% this time. The side effects were really getting to be too much, but both of the oncologists wanted … Continue reading

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Cisplatin – Week 4

August 8, 2018 This is Week 4 of Cisplatin. The neuropathy and chemo brain seem to not be getting any worse. I’m noticing that I’m more tired and have less stamina to get things done again. Some of this is … Continue reading

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Cisplatin – Week 3

August 1, 2018 I started getting my blood draws done at the Bellevue clinic to help with how long I’m sitting in the infusion center each week. There are probably 25 patients that are brought in and roomed each time … Continue reading

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1st Radiation Treatment

June 25, 2018 Today was it. The first day of radiation. The first day of a major hurdle in my treatment. I spent some time Saturday catching up with a friend from elementary and high school down at Pike Market … Continue reading

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Radiation Dry Run

June 22, 2018 I had the radiation dry run this morning. One of the things that came out of the conversation with the nurse before I went in is how forthright the Radiation Oncologist (RO) is with her patients. I … Continue reading

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5 Weeks Post-Op / 9 Weeks Post-Chemo

June 15, 2018 What a week! My sister and her friend flew in on Tuesday, I had 2 sessions of radiation planning, a dental cleaning appointment and an Occupational Therapy (OT) appointment. In between, there were errands to run, shopping … Continue reading

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4 Weeks Post-Op

Today, I am 4 weeks post-op and it’s Herceptin day. I get to see the oncologist this time. Since starting Herceptin on its own, I only get to see her every other infusion appointment. This week, I will also meet with the genetic counselor.  Continue reading

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Week 1 Without Taxol

For several weeks, the only part of my body that didn’t hurt was my hair. Yes, I said hair. I wasn’t completely exhausted but my energy wasn’t there, either.  Continue reading

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How’s That Chemo Brain Workin’ For Ya?

The doctors will say to try doing puzzles. I started doing crosswords while I was still on AC chemo. I finished the puzzle the same as if I didn’t have chemo brain. I sometimes do the New York Times crossword (print edition, not online), but mostly I do the one in The Globe. Yes, the tabloid Globe you find at the grocery store. No, I don’t read the other gossip. I go directly to the puzzle and work through it. Like I said, though, this didn’t seem to be any more of a challenge than it was before I started chemo and started noticing chemo brain. Continue reading

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