#MyLeftBoob #BreastCancer Chronicles – Chemo Day 21: Zombie Fog Brain

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Day #21 – 3 weeks in, 77 days to go….

Today threw me for a loop….. I wasn’t expecting to still feel sick after last Thursday’s treatment. Yet here is another curve ball I’ve been thrown (I was never very good at baseball!).

I’ve had a few rough nights with the hair loss, emotionally and physically, because it actually hurts my scalp as it keeps falling out. It feels like someone is pulling my hair which is a very uncomfortable feeling. So I had to take pain medication and another pill to help me sleep last night. I’ve never been a pill popper, not even for headaches, so this is all new to me.

I also woke up this morning with more mouth sores and pain in my ribs, I’m assuming from the Neulasta shots. But the part I wasn’t expecting is that 6 days after A/C chemo #2, I’m still very dizzy, still very nauseous and feel like I’m walking around in a general zombie-like state of “fog brain.” This is not cool for a “Takin’ care of business” type of gal like myself.

This is something new that I’m going to have to learn to live with for the next few months. I need to learn to listen to my body, slow down when I need to and rest when my body says so.

I was telling a friend who has gone through ACT chemo that I’m surprised by how hard it’s been hitting me. It comes in waves, out of the blue and I don’t know when it’s coming. She said it hits redheads harder….. but I’m not a real redhead….. I have brown hair with red highlights….. which is now peach fuzz with no highlights. It’s just so strange feeling dizzy ALL the time.

Why am I telling you all of this? Because a lot of people keep asking me how I am doing. Thank you for your concern! I wish I had better news but these are the hard facts of ACT chemo.

(ACT stands for A-Adriamycin, C-Cytoxan, T-Taxol)

Here is how I am doing:

Physically: Tired, dizzy, nauseous, pain in scalp
Emotionally: Drained, sometimes still in shock
Spiritually: Blessed! FULL of faith and hope!
Mentally: STRONG and ready to keep fighting!

My heart, head, body and spirit are all working together in harmony to get me better and stronger. And I am so grateful for all of you too!

Next up:

~ 3rd A/C Chemo – Thurs. 5/7
~ Last ACT chemo 7/16
~ 6 weeks radiation Aug-Sept.

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