Well it’s been a while since I posted about a chemotherapy update and so I thought I’d update you on how things are going.
The good news is, AC chemo is done! Finished. I will never again have AC chemo. Oh thank everything for that. I can’t say I was a fan, did you already get that impression?
So now I’ve moved on to the second half of my chemo treatment, Paclitaxel. I’m having a weekly session of these for 12 weeks and I’ve had 3 already.
It’s a much lighter dose than the ‘Red Devil’ AC chemo and although it has similar side effects, I’ve been told by many that it shouldn’t be as harsh. Another bonus is that the time to administer is it about 1/3 so less time at the hospital.
After the first 3 sessions, it’s already so much easier in many respects. I’m having almost all of the side effects as before but, as promised, they are so far not as bad.
The only two things that are worse is firstly how tired I am now. By that I don’t mean that I want to sleep, I mean body-tired. A bit like when you have flu. The second thing goes along with that and it’s the bone pain.
I just ache pretty much everywhere. It’s like a constant dull throbbing painful ache that gets worse as the day goes on.
It isn’t nice but it’s manageable so far and I’ll take this over the other chemo any day!
Hair update – I THINK the hair on my head is starting to grow a tiny bit. At the same time, more of it is still falling out so not sure what’s happening.
Today I had to pluck my eyebrows! YES!
I’ve been warned not to get toooo excited at hair growth at this early stage as I might end up losing all of my hair again a couple of times. Some people even lose it after chemo ends and even 6 months after it ends. That’s not very fair really, is it?
So I’m on single figures now and only 2 months of chemo to go!! Can you believe the end is almost in sight??
After this it will be radiotherapy of course but I’ve been told by my doctors that it’s much easier than chemo.
I bloody hope so!
I’ve never had much stamina for physical things. I was always the kid at school with a sick note for PE. I’ve never enjoyed sports. In fact the only exercise that I’ve ever truly loved is zumba. I can’t wait to zumba again when this portacath is removed!
I can’t wait for a LOT when this portacath is removed. I’m grateful for it but it’s uncomfortable and makes me feel very claustrophobic.
But as I was saying, I’ve never had much stamina for the physical but with this treatment, I have no choice. I feel like I’m running a very slow, very annoying and very lonely marathon at times.
Nearly there though.
9 more weeks. NINE!
I’m getting there, the finish line is on the horizon :)
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