#MyLeftBoob Chronicles – Chemo Day 60, 5 Down, 3 to Go

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Chemo #5 is under my belt and I have 3 more to go. The side effects I’m feeling from Taxol so far is fatigue, watery eyes and pain in my joints, muscles and balls/heels of my feet. Thankfully I had no plans this weekend so I was able to get some much needed rest.

My doctor and nurse said I may also feel numbness and tingling in my hands and feet but so far it’s only been slight. From what I understand if this is to happen it will be more likely on the third and fourth doses of Taxol and may linger for a few months afterward.

I have 3 more treatments and 38 days to go until I’m done. Then after that they will check every 3-6 months to make sure I’m okay. After a year I believe (not positive) that it goes to checking every 6 months for 3-5 years. After that chances get better each year that it will not come back.

I was diagnosed at Stage 1 and it as not spread so I am holding on to hope and faith that it won’t come back. So start planning for my 50th birthday/5 year cancer free party in 5 years! smile emoticon

This past week has been a struggle with the fear of recurrence filling my mind, something very normal for people to go through, according to my doctor. He said it would be best to limit my interaction with those who can exacerbate this fear and to take advantage of the resources at Ann’s Place in Danbury such as free therapy.

Life has been a whirlwind since finding the lump on January 22, almost 5 months ago, and I can’t believe how fast it has gone by so far. I’m grateful for each new day and for everyone I’m blessed to be surrounded by. This journey has not been an easy one but it has taught me so much about life, love and helping others.

Today on National Cancer Survivor’s Day, I am so grateful to be a survivor and to have been given a second chance. I will use my pain and suffering to help others who are affected by cancer.

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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