Monday was Chemo Round 6. It is hard to believe that this journey began twelve weeks ago…time is moving quickly. I have handled the chemo very well so far and am grateful for that. I have been able to do much of what I want and have learned how to pace myself and pay attention to my body in new and different ways. In an odd kind of way chemo has been a nuisance which I have learned to live with.
When I go in on Mondays I get about three hours worth of different chemo drugs. My oncologist has changed some of the way I receive the drugs and it has limited and in some cases eliminated the side effects I struggled with the first few rounds. At the end of my treatment they set me up with a pump that continues to give me chemo for thirty six to forty eight hours. I carry the pump everywhere I go and it continually runs giving me the additional treatments. A nurse comes to my home on Wednesday and “sets me free” from the pump and gets me all set for a week and a half chemo free. In past chemo rounds I have felt a burst of energy as soon as the pump comes off and I have felt better each and every day after that. It was almost like there was nothing wrong once they took the pump off and I slowly regained strength and energy each day. [Read more…]