Yesterday was Taxol #7! Jason congratulated me that I can count the remaining infusions on one hand. It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve started chemo. Now the countdown can really begin.
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been feeling better. I might be jinxing it but the side effects of chemo have been few and manageable lately. There’s some occasional body aches, fatigue and sometimes it feels like I have a cold. But that’s it. I’m starting to feel like myself again.
I’m well enough that Jason has cut back his hours as my nurse. I miss him bringing me breakfast in bed but it feels good to be able to do things for myself. He was making most of my meals but now I have the energy to cook. Since I have to eat healthier, I’m on a quest to find recipes that taste good without sugar or gluten. Let’s just say it’s hit and miss. I’ll write more about this later.
For those that read my last post, I ran into Wendy again a week later. Oddly enough in the same aisle at Whole Foods. She was in a hurry so we didn’t get a chance to chat. Some cosmic power wants us to meet.
What’s next? I have 2 more doses in December. I get a week off due to Christmas falling on my regular Friday chemo day. My last dose of 2015 is on New Year's eve. Not exactly how I want to celebrate but I didn't want to push the schedule out. It's not like I was going to party it up anyways.
In January I'll have my last 3 chemo infusions. At the end of the month I'm going to a weekend cancer retreat at Harmony Hill with my friend Lisa. She just finished radiation and is cancer-free. Woohoo! The retreat will be a perfect way to end this stage of treatment.
After chemo I’ll take a couple weeks off to get my blood counts up before surgery in February. I’m thinking double mastectomy but not sure about the reconstruction. I'll be talking to the surgeons soon to decide. I’ll write more about this later too.
In the meantime, I’m enjoying hanging out with the family and getting ready for the holidays. This is the first Christmas season where I’m not completely stressed and exhausted. My little elves, Jason and the kids, decorated the house and the online shopping is complete. I'm ready for Christmas!
Here's me sporting my fuzzy hair at infusion #6: