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Apr 4, 2020 11:59PM
Hi! I’m 43 years old, Stage 3. I just had my first ever chemo day on Thursday (April 2)— 1st of 12 weekly Taxol infusions (4 cycles split into 12 sessions). I had dexamethasone (steroid) and benadryl for my pre-meds. I didn’t have any reactions and felt pretty good during and afterwards!
I didn’t do any icing (hands, feet or head) because my oncologist felt that it would be unlikely I would get neuropathy, other than a tingling feeling in my fingers later on in the cycle that would probably go away on its own. This forum made me feel kinda nervous about it, but well, there I was just showing up for chemo totally unprepared! Honestly, while part of me wants to read up on tips and do my own research, I am cutting myself some slack because it’s a little overwhelming right now- kind of a stressful period with everything that’s going on. It’s also very frustrating to read about something and want to get it, but then it’s impossible to find because of the state-wide lockdown and lack of available goods due to the Coronavirus crisis. I had to have a family member from another state mail me a few medical-grade masks and Tylenol, and two other people track down some cleaning products and sanitizer for me because everything has been impossible to find in stores or order online since early March in my city.
It was lonely in the treatment center (no visitors due to COVID-19) but my nurse was awesome and only had two others patients so he was able to spend a lot of time with me. It was nice to get to know him because he’ll probably be taking care of me every time, which was super comforting to find out.
Today is Day 3 and I still feel ok! Barely slept the first night (heard the steroids keep you up), but otherwise, I’m eating and sleeping ok now. A little tired, a little bloated, I feel heavy, and my neck is pretty sore (maybe lymph node tenderness?), but that’s it. Wanted to leave this post here as an example of mild-to-no side effects, and to offer some hope to newbies that the beginning of chemo might not be that bad! Who knows what the future will bring, but I’m taking it day by day, and today was basically a good day.
2/13/2020, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
4/2/2020 AC + T (Taxol)
Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right