Aug 11, 2021 08:10AM
I also want to add that I believe I had Covid19 in November 2019, before it was known what it was. I've never felt worse in my life, not even during the worst of my eleven months of chemo or when I had a completely collapsed lung after my mastectomy.
The fatigue was crushing. I could barely lift my head off a pillow, and I felt I was trying to breathe with concrete in my lungs. By Covid19 standards, that would be considered a relatively mild case. I can't imagine it being worse than that.
I've also known two people who died of Covid19. The first was a neighbor who was also a science teacher at our high school. He got sick during our worst surge in October 2020. He spent three days in a tent in a hospital parking lot because there were no beds available anywhere in the hospital. This wasn't some rinky dink little rural hospital. This was a major trauma center in Los Angeles. He lingered for two months on a ventilator before he finally died at the age of 56.
The other one was my neighbor of eighteen years; the kindest human being I've ever known. She was raised as a Seventh Day Adventist and didn't think she needed the vaccine. She thought her immune system was strong enough to protect her. It didn't and she died fighting to breathe. She'd be here today if she'd had the vaccine. I miss her terribly.
I know there are concerns about the vaccine when you have other health issues. But the reality of Covid19 is far, far worse for most people than the side effects of the vaccine.
8/30/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
8/30/2016, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
9/6/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
9/28/2016 AC + T (Taxol)
4/4/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
8/5/2017 Xeloda (capecitabine)