Today is the one year anniversary of my breast cancer diagnosis. What a year it’s been. I’ve had: 2 breast MRIs, 4 echocardiograms, 1 blood infusion, 16 rounds of general chemo, 7 rounds (and counting) of targeted chemo, and 30 radiation treatments. I won’t even begin to count the number of blood draws, Neulasta shots, and stool samples I’ve endured. It’s been worth it, though, right? To be able to say I’m cancer free? I know the docs won’t say it for another 4 years, but I’ll say it.
I had chemo last Thursday. I had to move it from Friday because Friday was our office holiday party. The treatment before, on November 20, was the exciting one.
Because I’d had a positive test for C. Difficile, even thought I’d been treated, the protocol until I had a negative result was that I needed to stay away from other chemo patients and be given my infusion in an isolation room. The problem is that the Palo Alto facility isn’t yet equipped to do this, so I had to be given my infusion in an exam room. Thus they had to free up a room, which meant they had to change my appointment from 2 pm to 4 pm. Exam rooms aren’t nearly as comfortable as the lounge chairs in the infusion center; there’s no music, no juice or crackers – you get the idea. Oddest infusion ever. I had to give another stool sample to be tested, and fortunately it was negative. So my infusion on the 10th was back in the infusion center. I missed it.
I got Herceptin and…you guessed it – magnesium. My mag remains stubbornly low at 1.4-1.5, so my quick hour long infusions are now 3 hours from beginning to end. Oh well. At least there are few side effects – just the ever present diarrhea.
Which leads to my latest problem – the worst hemorrhoids ever. And of course I would get them when I’m going to the Star Wars marathon – all 7 movies in one sitting. I’m contemplating getting a doughnut to sit on, although what I’d really love is a heating pad. The heat seems to help the pain – at least it did last night.
My next infusion was supposed to be New Year’s Eve, but we will be in southern California to watch my beloved Cardinal take on Iowa in the Rose Bowl. So I’ll have my next infusion on my first day back to work on January 4.
For now, though – May the Force Be With You!