This is my first post, so I'm not sure how all of this works. I'm 41. On October 30, I found a lump in my left breast. I had a required business trip from October 31-November 8, so I scheduled an appt with my GYN on November 9. By November 14, I was diagnosed with IDC, TNBC, with a 7mm tumor, cancer in at least three lymph nodes, with a very high proliferation rate and, well, all bad news on all measures. We had to move fast!! There was no time to think!!! I started 4 rounds over 8 weeks of A/C chemo on November 30. Fast!!! After A/C, I have 12 rounds of weekly Taxol, then surgery, then 3-7 weeks of daily (5) radiation.
I was a bonafide health nut before all of this - worked out every day, lifted weights, ran, hiked, etc - ate a pescatarian, gluten free (I have celiac) diet, ate healthy at least 80% of the time, never smoked, drink red wine moderately, devoted to keeping my body strong and healthy after a battle for my life from C Diff 19 years ago, before they knew how to treat it. I relapsed with C Diff three times and lost half my body weight. After that, I devoted my life to a healthy lifestyle!
I now feel as though my body has betrayed me. I was angry at first. But I know that's not helpful. I'm trying to love my body through this process, to hopefully help it heal.
I had my last A/C last night and surprisingly the nausea hit within hours! I usually had a day or two of feeling pretty good, but not this time. Nausea woke me up at 3am and I took my meds. it's now 4:15am and I can't sleep. I have been unable to work during A/C due to nasty nausea and dizziness, daily migraines triggered by chemo, flu like symptoms, mouth sores, raw throat, hemorrhoids (never had those before!!), chemo brain - you get the idea!
I start Taxol in two weeks. My question is this. How much "easier, as I've heard" has Taxol been for those of you who went through A/C first? Were you able to work? Part-time? Full-time? I love my job and my coworkers, but I'm scared to go back too soon and get too sick at work.
I'm not sure if I'll need a mastectomy yet. My surgeon is "somewhat confident" that I'll need a lumpectomy and at least three lymph nodes taken out only. I haven't heard about recovery time for surgery since it's still 3.5 months away, and we need to confirm the tumor size has shrunk. I assume I won't be working during this time. Any insight on what others have experienced would be great.
Also, what about radiation? I have read a lot of posts that say the fatigue is worse during radiation. Were you able to work? Part-time? Full-time?
I know I've asked a lot. So, even if someone out there can answer one part of my questions, that would be extremely helpful! I'm trying to plan a little, even though I know this is all a moving target!
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