Topic: My Chemo Journey . . .
I am finishing my week off of chemo, having completed my fourth cycle of Gemzar/Cisplatin. I am now halfway through my chemo and very excited to be on the this half of the count down. I have had a few bumps along the road, but all in all it has been an okay journey thus far. I had my CA 19-9 rechecked and it is 9! That is well below the normal range. I also had my first repeat CT scan since starting chemo. I don't know the results of it yet, but am confident that it all looks good as my cancer markers are negative.
I am getting neulasta to help boost my white counts after chemo and that has been working great. It has allowed me to continue with chemo with no postponements. My hemoglobin has been gradually dropping and last week it got down to 8.6. I was becoming very short of breath and getting chest pain with exertion. So on Tuesday I got 2 units of blood. I have been feeling much better after the transfusion, but of course the day after the transfusion I got a cold and spent 2 days home from work getting better.
It has been getting a little harder the further I get into chemo, but my husband has been great at helping me with cooking and cleaning. I am starting to feel a little cooped up. I don't leave the house much except for work and the grocery store. I haven't been home to visit my family much. They all understand, but it is hard not to see them and help my mom take care of my dad. It also has been bitterly cold here and winter is dragging on. I cannot wait for spring to come and get some nice days. I think that the cold weather is making me a little more stir crazy, but it is does make me feel better to know that an end to the cold weather and chemo will come soon.
Thanks for your time and listening,