From Chair 18
I’m thumb-typing on my phone from the chemo room; the wifi is down again. But I have a warm blanket, a friendly gal in Chair 17, and some hot tea so I am happy!
I do get to have my chemo today; Dr. Wonderful gave me the all clear. In his words, “I don’t want to give the cancer a break.” Right on!
Today I am switching to a new chemotherapy protocol. I am sad to be finished with the two drugs I have been on over the past eight weeks: they have made the cancer smaller; they have served me well. Dr. Wonderful thinks I’m a bit nutty to be nostalgic about the old drugs because they are some of the harshest chemo drugs and have “severe” side effects. I tolerated them pretty well though; in fact, after my first dose I told him he could hit me harder because I was prepared for much worse. One milestone is passed, I am on to the next leg.
Today I get my first dose of a new chemotherapy drug. Overall, the side effects are supposed to be less. Except that it can be very rough on fingernails and toenails. Is it weird to ask you to pray for my nails? That they would stay on? I will receive this drug every week for twelve weeks.
In addition, I also start receiving a new biological drug (not a chemo drug). It is going to inhibit the growth of the tumor by blocking its growth mechanism. Early in the process, Dr. Awesome predicted that this drug would make my tumor “melt like butter.” Isn’t that the best description? I’m all snuggled up under my warm blanket and feel cozy knowing that right now the cancer is being strangled. I love knowing that! I will receive this drug weekly as well, and then will continue to receive it for years. Maybe it is me, but I love having something on the calendar for years to come!
Chemo is hitting my veins in a couple of minutes. (First I have to finish my pre-meds: anti-nausea, steroids, saline, etc.) It might be weird, but I totally feel like raising a glass (or my IV bag) and saying, “Cheers!”
Will you join me?