AC Chemo #3 - Week 2 - Flowers for the Fight
Posted 28th May, 2020 inby Andrea
The past several weeks as I've been going through chemo, every Wednesday a new flower bouquet shows up at our front door.
Sometimes I know who brought them. Sometimes it's a mystery. But *every* time, it's a reminder of the love and friendship and support that we've been blessed to receive. Especially when we can't get hugs and have in-person visits, and meet up in fun places together. Thank you friends. We are thoroughly enjoying the beauty and love you've been sending!!
2nd week after 3rd AC update:
I had a weird day last Friday after two good days where I felt nauseous most of the day, achy and tired. I eventually decided I must have overdone it on Wednesday and Thursday. By about 3pm though, I was feeling much better and have been mostly normal-feeling since then. I did have a couple of days where my tongue felt burned, and I had a couple of spots in my mouth that were sore and made eating anything crunchy or hard uncomfortable. But that (thankfully) only lasted a couple of days. Definitely having trouble keeping up with my gallon of water intake. Most days I get to about 60oz-90oz.
I spent the past week painting signs, doing my workouts, and living our regular (COVID) life, which meant mostly stuff around the house. I'm pretty much *always* hungry or want to be eating something--probably just to keep my stomach settled. I can't imagine restricting food right now. It feels a LOT like pregnancy cravings and when I want something, it's specific, and I want it NOW. I definitely rest more than I would if I wasn't going through all of this, don't try to tackle as much in a day, and move a little slower. But overall, side effects definitely wane by week two of these AC treatments.
Even though I only have one round of this AC chemo to go, and I should probably be ready to get it done and over with, I've been dreading number 4. It makes me nauseous just to think about going, sitting in that chair, wearing a mask, and then anticipating feeling awful for several days. I have a feeling that even if the drugs don't make me sick, I'll be mentally making myself queasy. Any tips for getting over that? There's probably something to mind over matter, but my mind just won't get on board.
One more AC chemo to go this afternoon for this phase of treatment. Then I'll have a few weeks break before a double mastectomy surgery and another 12 rounds of a different chemo medicine. Hoping to be cancer free by 2021...