What started as IDC (Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma) in 2011, then turned into CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) in 2013, probably partially caused by chemotherapy along with a genetic pre-disposition. Here we are now in March 2016 and I am newly diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer in the left breast and liver (LMBC - liver metastasized breast cancer).

So the focus has shifted yet again, BUT... I continue to THANK YOU for your prayers, love & support. I receive them with open & loving arms. My wish is that I will gain strength from you, will provide helpful information and strength to others & will help to strip away the fears we each experience.

I am strong. I am loved. I am healthy. I WILL SURVIVE!

Have you or your loved one had their annual mammogram? PLEASE, don't put it off. Speaking from experience, I highly recommend monthly self exam as well. And if you are now cancer free of breast cancer, do everything you can to insist that your doctors follow up with an occasional PET Scan and labs for tumor markers.

Contents may be uplifting, sad, funny, scary, downright depressing ~ THAT IS CANCER .... at it's best, at its worst.

PLEASE ~ Feel free to share this blog with anyone who is interested to learn about my journey. While I welcome their support, I hope that by sharing this experience freely to the universe I may help to support others by breaking down some of the barriers and fear associated with breast cancer and the treatment.


Friday, April 8, 2011

Bone Aches

It is now two days after my last chemo infusion, which was series number five on Tuesday. Chemo number five was with the new drug Taxol. And apparently the fatigue and bone aches that I was warned about, was an accurate accounting of what to be prepared for. 

Wednesday was a good day, with Sarah spending the day with me to head back into Santa Rosa's Redwood Regional Cancer Center for my Neulasta shot. We were also able to take in the Wednesday Farmer's Market and get some greens for juicing and the Maitake mushrooms for an omelet this week. We also had lunch and made a stop at REI where I found a couple of tops. As is usual when Sarah spends this day with me, she stayed for the afternoon and dinner. I needed a bit of napping when we returned home, which felt good.

Come Thursday, I was back to the sleep issues. I woke at 3am and could not get back to sleep. Hopefully we can cut the steroids in half next time, as Dr. Anderson indicated might work out if no allergic reactions occurred from the Taxol, to help me get a better nights sleep. After a morning nap, it became evident that the bone aches would be serious enough to warrant something more powerful than Tylenol. Thankfully we had some Vicodin in the house to help manage the pain, which is fairly significant from the knees through my mid-section; with concentration in the hips and thighs. Also a bit in the shoulder and neck area. I suppose some of this could also be from the Neulasta, which causes bone aches as the drug is drawing from the bone marrow to help return my blood count to something close to normal.

So here I am again on Friday at 3:00 AM wide awake. I think I will work on my weaving project a bit with the hopes I will get sleepy and catch a few more winks before the morning breaks. Wish me luck that this just lasts a few days, although some online research is telling me it may drag on for days.  :-(

Hugs, Debbie... aka the cancer warrior; AND survivor 
Sonoma Relay for Life Team (8/6/11) ~  Debbie's Blasting Crew


1 comment:

  1. Debbie, so sorry to read about the bone aches and lack of sleep....sure could make a girlie cranky! You are blessed with a wonderful family who are very understanding that I'm sure really helps out during the rough times.

    I will pray that you are feeling better and that this is a temporary side effect that only lasts a few days after chemo.

    Hugs, ~Michelle


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