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Oct 19, 2020 09:44AM
To those just starting, please know you will get through this. I never found the treatments awful--I think the pre-meds worked well for me. I'd get Taxol on Friday, have a good Friday, Saturday, and most of Sunday (thank you steroids!!), start to flag a little late Sunday, was low energy Monday, but by Tuesday was already starting to bounce back. I never did feel bad/sick/. . . ? It was more like there was extra gravity on my body that made me want to stay put. Despite never feeling nauseous, I took the Zofran Fridays and Saturday, because they helped me sleep (some women have sleep issues from the steroid). I worked full-time throughout. I also didn't have a port--did fine with IVs. And I'd read about increasing protein but I REALLY REALLY upped my protein intake. Had red meat probably 4-5 times a week, plus protein shakes, plus eggs every day. I also firmly believe you should treat yourself during those 12 weeks. Many women feel that sweets are some of the things that taste pretty normal. My body apparently craved ice cream, which is normally not my go-to treat. I had Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough every single day.
Losing hair is no fun but I can also report, keeping in line with what I'd read here on BCO, two years out my hair really is back to normal. I am down to only the AI, which honestly I don't think about any more. Exercise really helps with those SEs, but they also tend to subside over time.
Treatment days were definitely put-on-your-big-girl-panties-let's-do-this days. I think a positive attitude really does help.
3/11/2016, DCIS, Left, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR-
4/20/2016 Lumpectomy: Left
5/18/2016 Whole-breast: Breast
3/2/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH)
3/13/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
5/18/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel)
5/18/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
8/20/2018 Whole-breast: Breast