Topic: First Chemo Cycle Complete

First cycle of chemo is now complete. My wife had Cis/Gem on Tuesday, May 7 and then on the 14th. So far the biggest issue is fatigue. Minor nausea but it is managed with meds.

On Thursday, she received a shot of Neulasta. She is a little achy and sore from that, but again, the meds seem to be managing the discomfort.

We will meet with her Oncologist on Thursday and hopefully get ready for the start of the second cycle on Tuesday, May 28.

As so many before me know, this is the beginning of a journey that we never knew we'd be on. We look at each day with more meaning and we are thankful for having our children near so they can spend time with their wonderful mother and help her along the journey.

Carl

Re: First Chemo Cycle Complete

Scheitrumc....thanks for sharing this with us.  Sounds like everything is going as expected, fatigue included.  You are so right in that life has changed; diseases have a tendency to do that, but with your support and that of her children and anyone that loves her, this time too will pass.  I also agree with your comment of being thankful for each and every day in our life - intrusions such as this cancer surely put things in perspective.  Life is a gift we need to cherish each and every day.
I wish for continued success with the treatments and look forward to many more of your postings.
Hugs,
Marion

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Re: First Chemo Cycle Complete

Carl, I can appreciate what your wife, you and your family are going through. I too will start my second series of Gem and Cis this Tuesday, May 21. I am having a port put in to help with the comfort and convenience of the infusions and blood tests. My daughter, who is an RN, suggested it from the beginning. This should cut down on the damage that can be caused to the veins by the harsh chemo drugs. The medicine given to cut down on nausea really worked for me. It is definitely a blessing to have a large caring family and friends praying and caring about you. It is truly a journey that is made easier by all that support. Keep up the positive attitide and best to your wife, you and your family.

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Dear LeeDay44, much luck to you as you start your 2nd Chemo session. I believe its good to have the port, it will become your best friend. That is wonderful to have a Daughter who is a Nurse as I am sure she will be very helpful to you. Please keep us posted and let us know how you are doing.

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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LeeDay44,

Our wishes for success are with you as you go into your round of chemo on Tuesday. I will say - having heard the same thing - GET THE PORT. We listened to our original Oncologist (dismissed him for several reasons since then) who said it was an optional procedure. It turns out - as we learned later - he is opposed to ports for almost any scenario. Fortunately, a dear friend and consult told us to request the port immediately. We did. The night before our first chemo, we had the port inserted. I cannot tell you in words what a difference it made. Not just physically, but psychologically. My wife - after hearing contrary views versus the idiot doctor who said it was her decision - was in tears wanting to have the port put in before starting. Circumstances led to that decision being an easy one and her port was inserted. I will say today that having that port may not have saved her life directly, but indirectly made her emotionally more prepared for the battle.

Good luck with the surgery. Our family wishes you great success.

Carl