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Finally met my granddaughter!

Finally met my granddaughter!

Baby Gwen with my sisters, Kathlene and Suzanne and me.
Spending the weekend with my son, his wife and baby Gwen was just what the doctor ordered! It got me in a very positive frame of mind and ready to tackle the next round of chemo.
Today is an infusion day. The final AC dose. Farewell Red Devil! After this I move on to the Taxol.
I had an appointment with Dr Mounds recently and he took a look at the mole on my head. He wants to biopsy it. So next week I will go in for a boob fill and a mole biopsy. That is a lot of excitement for one day. I am just sorry I won’t be able to see all of the doodling he loves to do since it will be on my head.
I am feeling pretty good. Hard to get enough energy to do all of the things I want to do. I am spending more and more time resting. The dogs like that.
Have a wonderful day and I will post again after chemo.

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It was cake! A cupcake at least.

It was cake!  A cupcake at least.

During my treatment this morning another patient came in. She was there for her 50th chemo treatment. She was such a delightful woman. My daughters, Jennilee and Tina, were with me while we chatted about side effects etc. Both girls excused themselves and then came back 45 minutes later with a beautiful orchid and cupcakes to celebrate my new friends 50th treatment. I am so proud of my lovely, thoughtful daughters.
Thank you girls. You did good.
So, I actually had cake at chemo today. They also added a new anti nausea drug.
Fingers crossed!
I have also been wearing tranquileyes during the treatments. They have cool gel inserts that can be frozen. The nurse says that by wearing the cold packs during treatment I will likely not lose my eyelashes! Yes! Love that. Thank you to my brilliant sister, Suzanne, who is the inventor, designer and CEO of EyeEco and tranquileyes! My eyelashes thank you.

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I am a Grandma!

I am a Grandma!

The highlight of my week was welcoming my very first grandchild to the family! My son and his wife are the proud parents of this adorable little one, Gwen.

This was a week that needed a bright spot. I have not had an easy time with the chemo and have been battling the dreaded side effects. Finally, today I am feeling as close to my ‘old self’ as I have since the treatment. I intend to enjoy every moment of this weekend and get my mind & body ready for the next round of chemo on Tuesday morning. It is going to be a little tougher walking through the doors to the chemo suite knowing what the side effects are but I also think that now I know what to expect I will be able to better prepare myself for the nausea etc by staying ahead of the game with my newly stocked arsenal of meds.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Round 2

Round 2

A little monkey wrench thrown in my plans. I came home yesterday and turned into hurl girl. Seriously. So much for chemo being cake. I have never tasted cake like that before.
My oncologist called me last night and was disappointed I was throwing up. He told me to come in this morning for fluids and new meds. He also said my liver values are very high. So now I back at the chemo suite getting fluids.
They are concerned about the liver issues but are hoping it was a side effect of the anesthesia from the port placement.
They will keep an eye on it. The nurse did mention that it could be the breast cancer spread to the liver but I decided that was not the problem.

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Chemo – my new Wheaties!

Chemo - my new Wheaties!

This morning I am enjoying a delightful cocktail of nifty cancer fighting drugs. Sitting here in the chemo suite, nice comfy chair, warm blanket listening to an audio book on my Kindle and wearing my tranquileyes mask. Life is good.
The ‘red devil’ has been administered. It burned like bugger going in but I sucked it up and did not wimper. Much.
It is weird how many things already smell and taste different Jennilee and Tina brought me some saltine crackers and pH water to enjoy while I hang out here for a few hours.

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Hair cut time!

Hair cut time!

This morning I decided to get my hair cut short so it won’t be so drastic when it starts to fall out. It feels good to have short hair. It will not be so bad when it falls out. The chemo bonus is no longer needing to shave my legs! Nice.

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Chemo Teach!

Chemo Teach!

Today was my chemo teach appointment. I had my first port blood draw. Chemo starts on Wednesday morning. The nurse was so nice and gave me some very good information and prescriptions!

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Wow!

Wow!

I am so overwhelmed by the kindest of others. Just look at this stunning assortment of gifts I have received. Thank you so much! My home smells amazing. I love my tranquileyes eye goggles, they have really helped with the headaches. Thank you everyone!