#MyLeftBoob Chronicles – Chemo Day 55: Nervous Today, Taxol Tomorrow



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Tomorrow begins one of four Taxol treatments and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. I keep hearing that Taxol is so much easier that Adriamycin and Cytoxan, but with the allergic reaction I had after my surgery and a semi-long list of allergies, I will breathe a sign of relief when it’s over. Here is a list of side effects (from Chemocare.com):

Common side effects are common (occurring in greater than 30%):

  • Low blood counts
  • Hair loss – I don’t have to worry about that one since it’s all gone already
  • Arthralgias and myalgias, pain in the joints and muscles. – I’m taking Claritin for this
  • Peripheral neuropathy (numbness and tingling of the hands and feet)
  • Nausea and vomiting (usually mild)
  • Diarrhea
  • Mouth sores – This has been an ongoing issue, hoping to resolve w/pills & mouthwash
  • Hypersensitivity reaction – fever, facial flushing, chills, shortness of breath, or hives.  The majority of these reactions occur within the first 10 minutes of an infusion. – This is what’s making me nervous, but I hear they will give me Benadryl so hopefully that will help.

Less common side effects (occurring in 10-29%):

  • Swelling of the feet or ankles (edema).
  • Increases in blood tests measuring liver function.  These return to normal once treatment is discontinued.
  • Low blood pressure (occurring during the first 3 hours of infusion).
  • Darkening of the skin where previous radiation treatment has been given – I haven’t received radiation yet so this won’t be a problem
  • Nail changes (discoloration of nail beds – rare) (see skin reactions).

I guess it’s a good thing I was so busy over the last couple of weeks so I wouldn’t think about all of this. And I’m coming down off a huge high from last weekend’s fun-filled festivities.


On Saturday I organized an all-day benefit for Relay for Life and we raised $936 for the American Cancer Society. The day began with Tim Sheehan and Guy Tino playing some awesome 80s and 90s hits on the sidewalk. Lindsey Howard Edwards and Carolyn Peterson and some students from Bethel High painted kids’ faces and sold raffle tickets for 20 prizes from generous local businesses. After a few hours in the hot sun, and me hiding my ghostly white skin under the tent, we moved inside.

Gilleoghan Irish Dance entertained us with some extremely fancy footwork, preceded by the talented Allison Kellogg on guitar, ukulele and keyboard.  Next up we had the amazing trio- Wry Bread- followed by yours truly, Wendy’s Warriors’ trio consisting of my husband, my brother and I. Julie Sorcek, Renato Ghio and Jim Lynch played on a few songs with us too which was fun. Next up we had $2 Hat (plus some change) with an awesome set and amazing musicians: Mike Walsh, Jim Lynch, Cappy and my husband on the cajon.

Fred Ball entertained, sounding very much like Johnny Cash, followed by Good Medicine Rx consisting of partners in life and music, with Michel Driscoll and Jeff Duggan. Our headliner was Split Decision who played pop and rock tunes to a full house. At that point exhaustion had set in from being there for 9 hours and I could only stay for two songs. Thank you everyone who played, volunteered and donated.

It was so nice to see my Godmother, two former band mates, my boss and co-worker and many old friends who stopped by to show their support. Thank you all for your hugs, love and donations.

Renato was able to get some good footage of me playing bass and singing (hopefully minus a few mistakes) and our documentary continues filming, slowly but surely. There’s no rushing art! I will post the trailer when it’s ready.

We still have a LOT of Wendy’s Warriors tee shirts and bracelets we need to sell! All proceeds go to benefit the American Cancer Society. Bracelets are $ + $2 shipping. Adults tees are $25, kids’ tees are $20 + $3 shipping. Please email wendyannmitchell@live.com if you want one of the awesome designs.

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On Sunday we celebrated my daughter’s confirmation and a party of 20 turned into a party of 10 with lots of pizza left over. Thank you to Lori Mott for sponsoring her! It was a great, busy weekend. And now I get ready for a low-key, resting and recovery weekend as I prepare for treatment #5 tomorrow.

I could use your prayers please! Thank you! 🙂

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