Monthly Archives: December, 2011

Chemo 6/12

6/12 = 1/2 = 0.5 = 50% = Half of Chemo Done = Half to Go! The infusion clinic seemed to be overbooked on Wednesday, and although Earl and I were directed to a vacant chair promptly at my appointment time, we waited close to an hour for a nurse to start the IV.  A …

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Tailor Made

A few months ago I commented on research which concluded that Asian American/Pacific Islander women born in California during the 1960′s, especially those of Chinese and Filipino descent, are much more likely than originally thought to develop breast cancer.  In fact, they are significantly more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than white women.  The …

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Let the Sunshine In

Just so you don’t get the wrong idea, chemotherapy is not all sunshine and parades. Sometimes, even with this lower dose treatment, chemo can mean acne and queasiness.  Nail pain and finger numbness.  Heartburn and heart ache. I feel ridiculous to even complain.  Who am I to boohoo about niggling little complaints when in the …

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Chemo ReCap: Week 6/12

I’ve passed the half-way point and from today have begun a 5 week count-down to the finish line. Challenges in the past week hint that the last 6 treatments won’t be an easy coast to the end.  I’ll just have to take it slow and steady, one treatment at a time. I’ve had a couple …

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Chemo 7/12

Wednesday’s appointment proceeded more smoothly than last week’s on a few fronts.  In fact, it was probably the most pleasant infusion experience yet. 1)  My appointment time was bumped up to the morning.  What a world of difference this alone made.  The infusion clinic was still very busy, but we started the process going before …

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One Day at a Time

As a parent, I know that one of my primary responsibilities is to dole out those little bits of advice that will help my children coast a little more easily through life. Don’t forget please and thank you. Brush your teeth. Tell the truth. Eat your fruits and vegetables. Get plenty of sleep. Treat him/her …

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Chemo ReCap: Week 7/12

Maybe it’s mind over matter, but I’m back to normal after being slightly off-kilter last week.  If I still feel ok this weekend, all systems are go for Sunday’s half-marathon. Weight:  No change from last week’s 120 lbs. General condition:  99.99% of normal.  Truly. Blood Tests (12/12 ):  I continue to be slightly anemic but …

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Chemo 8/12

Chemo session #8 proceeded smoothly and pleasantly.  The nurse was ready to start my I.V. shortly after I was seated and although I had to wait before each infusion bag (first saline, then Herceptin, premeds, and lastly Taxol), we were out the door within 3.5 hours.  Each medication is prepared just in time in the …

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2:06:48 / 5:38:13

Take that, Cancer.  Surgery, chemotherapy, Herceptin, diet, vitamins, exercise.  While I’m doing whatever it takes to stop you in your tracks, Sunday’s race shows you can’t stop me in mine. Quick summary:  I strapped on my new running shoes, pulled on a pair of earphones, and ran my way through the entire Zombie Runner Bay Trail …

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Chemo ReCap: Week 8/12

Well, I was feeling superb until I assaulted my body during Sunday’s race.  (Great.  Now I can’t stop mentally replaying my 17-year old niece Rachel’s favorite Monty Python joke:  Der ver zwei peanuts, valking down der strasse, and von vas… assaulted! peanut. Ho-ho-ho-ho.) The physical toll no doubt exacerbated many symptoms this week, but those …

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