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Nov 5, 2018 11:30PM
Ladies, I confess: can't possibly keep up with so many stories and answer each one individually. But I have been reading and I echo the thanks to SpecialK and Vicky. Thanks for being there, girls. Your post are so informative and uplifting and you always make me smile. Never miss them.
And Shela I vote for you keeping your hair short-ish, you looked terrific in that pic you posted a while ago with a flower in your hair.
MissouriCat, you got this, girl. You have everything ready. I showed up with a thermos full of ginger tea the day of the first infusion, expecting to die of nausea right there, but didn't have any until a few days later. Still, I drank so much ginger tea that day that now I can't smell it -or even look at the box.
Young I was disappointed with my response to chemo but there is only one way: forward!
Tomorrow, Tuesday, I will have Herceptin+Perjeta, only 4 more to go after tomorrow's treatment. The day after, i.e Wednesday, I am having surgery -prophylactic mastectomy, removing my non-cancer breast. My breasts were both extremely dense and cancer didn't show up either in mammograms or MRI for my cancer breast so I don't want to keep this one. I will also get my port removed -it's on my breast and it would have to be placed in a new spot, with a new scar- so I will get the 4 remaining Herceptin+Perjeta treatments by vein -I have "good veins". This is my fourth surgery in a year and I am totally chill, didn't even make a list for anything. Tomorrow night, when I am back from the swimming pool (and after checking on the election results)I will pack a pair of pajamas, my kindle, phone and charger, and head to the hospital in the morning. And the day after, i.e. Thursday it will be my birthday, and I hope they let me come back home -last time I was released the day after surgery. I asked my husband to get me ice cream cake as a birthday gift, from a nearby ice cream parlor that makes fantastic ice cream cakes. Sooooo looking forward to celebrating my birthday at home, with one less thing to worry about -future mammograms- and as much cake as I want, even if I get sick of it!
I will ask my oncologist tomorrow to look into getting Nerlynx for me once I finish Herceptin+Perjeta. I will also ask if they will test for hormone and her2 receptors if they find cancer in my prophylactically removed breast (my guess is that the answer is yes, even if they didn't retest my cancer breast when I had the first mastectomy); and I have been having tailbone pain that of course I think it's a metastasis (a few times a day) so I will ask about that too.
That's all on my front ladies. Best wishes to all!!!!
10/26/2017, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC)
1/18/2018 Taxotere (docetaxel)
1/18/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab)
1/18/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
4/26/2018 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
5/16/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab)
5/16/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
6/5/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
7/27/2018 Prophylactic ovary removal
8/17/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)