... at the end of the tunnel.
This poor little blog sure has been neglected, but that's mainly because I haven't had much to update about.
Since my last post...
=> I have had eleven more rounds of radiation. It should have been 13 but I was given two days off last week because the machine broke down. They'll just add two days to the end of my treatment plan.
Things are going well with the treatment. I have felt very little fatigue, but they tell me it's accumulative and I will probably feel it the most during the last two of the six weeks. My breast is pink and the skin is tight and sensitive (kinda like a sunburn), but it's manageable. It's a little tiring having to go to the office every day, but it is what it is and I'll be done here in a couple of weeks. If you've ever seen Groundhog Day, you know a little of how I feel. At 3:20, I relive the same 20-30 minutes each and every day.
=> I started back up on Herceptin and will continue on a 3-week cycle, which means my next one is this Thursday. I experienced no (at least none that I noticed) side effects and I was in and out of the office in 55 minutes. If I can stay on schedule, I should be done around the beginning of June 2011.
=> I am feeling great. I have regained a lot of my strength. This is most likely due to the fact that I'm eating more since most of my appetite has returned and my taste buds seem to be working normally again, and the fact that there is no longer the harsh chemo drugs coursing through my veins. I'm sleeping well, and I'm not having to deal with any side effects. It feels good to feel [mostly] normal again.
=> My hair is slowly growing back. Up until a week ago, I would have described the look of my hair as sparse, fuzzy, and light (gray) in color, but what I had was growing in length. In the last week, I have noticed a lot of new growth - a bunch of little dark nubs springing forth, which is very encouraging. I'm so sick of wearing hats and a wig. Plus, with the growth (however little) that's occurring, my head is always itching - more so when I have a wig or hat on.
I think that's about it. See... not to much to report. As always, though, I appreciate your good thoughts and prayers.