After swimming to the surface prior to starting on hard chemo, I am happy to report that my head is still above water. Unfortunately, said head may be without any hair in a couple of weeks. Dr. Gharavi started me on a new chemo regimen that includes several types of chemo I’ve had before combined with Camptosar, which is new. He says it is fairly certain I will lose all my hair within 14 days. Fortunately, I still have the wig Mom bought nearly seven years ago when we faced the same prospect. I’m hoping not to go bald this time either, but in the grand scheme of things a little hair isn’t all that important.
In another hit to my vanity, my old nemesis the fanny pack is back. I’ll be getting an infusion every two weeks, going home with a chemo pump for two nights, and going back on the third day to have the pump removed. The pump is a newer model than I had before and isn’t as heavy or cumbersome, which helps.
All went very well with my first infusion. So far, I feel fine and was even able to work out today. I’m sure side effects will increase as I get more chemo in my system, but for now I’ll enjoy my freedom.
Earlier today my mom and I gathered and put away all the cushions from around the pool and noted it’s good that I got in all my pool time before hitting the hard chemo. Also, our family just returned Sunday from a wonderful beach trip in Navarre, Florida. I can’t think of a better way for me to have prepared for this next phase of my journey. I am rested, strong and ready to fight.
Finally, I now know that I can share the wonderful news that Drew and Sam are expecting a baby! David and I will be grandparents in April! I can’t think of a better goal to work toward than seeing our first grandchild!
As always, I can’t thank everyone enough for your prayers, thoughts and kind words. You are an important part of this battle.