• First Treatment Today

    Asked by BevLand on Monday, March 20, 2017

    First Treatment Today

    Today I start my chemo leg of this journey. I will have 6 rounds of TCH, then radiation. Also the full year of Herceptin. I am feeling confident and calm. I have many family and friends praying for me on this journey and an amazing husband by my side.

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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      You go, Girl!!! A great attitude and a wonderful support system go a long way in this journey. I am glad you have both!!!

      I, too, have treatment today, but mine is "old hat." I will be getting infusion 91, I think, of my immunotherapy. I am on the countdown for a century party!!

      Good luck today!!! Rely on that support group and let them help!

      9 months ago
    • BevLand's Avatar
      BevLand

      LiveWithCancer, Wow 91! The nurses must be like family by now. Best of luck to you and prayers for an easy day.

      9 months ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      You've got this!
      I had chemo and radiation three years ago. Very glad you have supporters by your side!
      @LiveWithCancer, happy 91! That century party is going to be AWESOME.
      Sending good mojo to you both!

      9 months ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      I went through all of this 4 and a half years ago. I hope the nurses gave you a sheet with side effects so that you know what to expect, and when to call if you have a fever, can't eat, or anything else. And don't hesitate to call the nurses or the doctor for any reason. They will help you get through it.
      It usually took a few days to kick in. I would have chemo on Wednesdays and by the weekend, I was in bed.
      Take things one day at a time. And I am so glad you have your own praying squad for you. And a husband that will be there for you.
      The few times I was admitted to the hospital, my husband was able to work on his laptop right from the hospital room. That made a big difference to me, and the care I received. It's also very nice to have a second set of ears when the doctors discuss things.
      You will get through this, and we will be praying for you. Hugs as you start this leg of the journey.

      9 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      @BevLand, how are you doing after your first treatment?

      You are so right - since I go every two weeks, and have for over 4 years, the people at the hospital where I go for treatments are definitely like family!!! My researcher, nurse practitioner, and some of the ones that access my port and draw blood for tests all chat like we're great friends. Which, we actually are! Last year, for my birthday, my oncologist, nurse practitioner, his nurse, some people they just grabbed in the hall ... all came in singing happy birthday - as if I was at a restaurant! Then, when I got to my chemo chair, there was a big piece of cake waiting on me. I was so touched!!

      I am so very fortunate. I often dread spending hours and hours at the hospital, but once I'm there, I'm always really happy to see everyone!

      9 months ago
    • Coconut's Avatar
      Coconut

      I am so happy that you are facing this with the love and support of loved ones. I wish you the best of luck.

      9 months ago
    • BevLand's Avatar
      BevLand

      @LiveWithCancer, it went so well. Thank you for asking. It was 6 hours but in the future it will be a bit shorter. I am feeling pretty good now just tired. My plan is to work tomorrow. I want to work as much as I can through treatment. The nurses are wonderful, and the chairs all face a beautiful garden with waterfalls and koi ponds. That is so great about your birthday, something similar happened today. A lady was there for her first treatment also and today was her birthday. There was a guest harpist playing in the center, so they had her play happy birthday and sang to her. Then they brought her cake. It was very cool! We live in a pretty small rural town but this hospital has the most wonderful cancer care. I hope your day went well today.

      9 months ago
    • msesq's Avatar
      msesq

      Hang in there, this will soon be in your rear view mirror!!

      9 months ago
    • Jouska's Avatar
      Jouska

      Wishing you well BevLand and glad your first treatment went well. Oncology nurses are the best.

      9 months ago
    • gretch's Avatar
      gretch

      wishing you all the best .

      9 months ago
    • mebekb's Avatar
      mebekb

      Best of luck! I had the same treatment from September - December 2015; finished radiation in June and Herceptin August 31, 2016.

      9 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      Hey BevLand, i hope you are still doing well after your first treatment. Your facility sounds like a dream!

      I continued to work during my chemo treatments. I cut days short and had to miss on occasion, but i didn't have to quit or go part-time. I did ultimately quit after over a year after diagnosis, more because i could and office politics were getting to be old than because i physically couldn't keep going.

      You're on my mind and in my prayers!

      9 months ago
    • BevLand's Avatar
      BevLand

      @LiveWithCancer I worked the day after (yesterday) and did pretty well but I was pretty tired and and the beginning of nausea by the time I got home. I worked from home today I think I have found a good combination of the meds. I have an amazing boss and team I work with, they are very flexible and I have their support no matter what decision I make. I have the option of taking a leave of absence if I need. I am very blessed! (I even walked a half mile today in between rain storms :))

      9 months ago

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