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Jun 3, 2020 01:50PM
Was diagnosed with stage3 triple negative breast cancer on May 5th. I started chemo first, since it was already in some of my lymph nodes.
I am 48 years old with no family history of breast cancer and live in San Diego, CA.
I am doing 8 rounds of chemo - once every 2 weeks.
first 4 treatments are with Adriamycin and Ctyoxan.
The last 4 treatments will be with Taxol.
After chemo I will have surgery and then 6 weeks of radiation treatments.
At least so far this is the deal. I also just submitted my genetic testing kit for the BRCA gene -so we'll see what that comes back with.
My first chemo treatment was on thursday May 28th. I was really nauseated that day it was terrible :( despite the 3 anti-nausea meds given prior to chemo and the anti-nausea meds I got filled at CVS. I'm kind of a wuss too i hate feeling nauseous.
Day 2 my neulasta meds kicked in, still fatigued but not nauseated anymore - but still taking my anti-nausea meds
day 3 body aches set in from neulasta especially in my neck - it felt like all the muscles in my neck were sore - my skin also started feeling sensitive. wasn't feeling nauseated at all, still taking anti-nausea meds but uggg constipation is now a problem.
day 4 started taking claritin for the body aches from neulasta and that is helping a lot, no nausea and stopped taking anti-nausea meds, trying to have a bowel movement - was taking colace, smooth move tea, eating salad, fruit, etc. feeling super uncomfortable with constipation.
day 5 no more body aches from neulasta not taking any meds at all for any ailments - feeling pretty good today and especially after finally having successful BM - feel like a new person .....almost.
day 6 feeling pretty normal today EXCEPT i'm an emotional wreck...idk why either...but many bouts of crying and yelling at my kids for leaving dirty dishes laying around, etc. it was quite an emotional day and i have no idea why - i usually just keep the kids on task with picking up their debris (note 2 teenage girls one 20yr. old son) - i mean their age group is trying at times anyways.
Today is day 7 - i feel ok other than some indigestion...I'm hoping taking rolaids is ok...i need to research this. Not quite so emotional today....but because of this weird emotional bout - it is what prompted me to login to this site and start dialogue...i want to know if others have experienced things like this too. I am excited that my mom will be visiting me in July (she lives in South Carolina - the opposite side of the country), I've had her hold off on coming because of the whole COVID19 thing and didn't want her risking her health, etc. She also plans to drive out after my chemo treatments are done and stay here through surgery, etc. to help me. I love my mom.
In general I'm sort of a high stress person but deal with it pretty ok - I work full time and an IT engineer (luckily from home) and I also own an Escape Room business with my husband - so i'm generally pretty busy and don't have a lot of free time at all for myself - of course this has all changed now. I am lucky that we have promoted one of our employees to manager and he has taken on many responsibilities (so my husband and I can take a real vacation sometime) - so he has stepped up big now for me as I am staying away from the business as we slowly re-open (after being closed due to COVID19).
So that is a little bit about me and I'll leave it at that since this is a group for chemo treatments. I'll be curious to see how many others are dealing with the same issues i have/will.
Love to all
You can call me Christine