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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Lovenox and oxygen): Extensive blood clots were found in both of my lungs so I was prescribed Lovenox in 10/2019 and I have to give myself shots twice a day. I hate giving myself shots but it must be done. I was placed on oxygen to assist with my difficulty breathing.

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    Other Care (Hospitalization): I went into health crisis and was hospitalized for two days in 10/2019 after it was discovered that I had extensive blood clots in both of my lungs and my lungs were shutting down. I was placed on oxygen and Lovenox to address the blood clots and difficulty breathing.

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    Celebration (Breakthrough): I found out on 08/12/2020 that I have had a complete metabolic response to Carboplatin+Gemzar and now have no evidence of active disease. I have to finish one more round for total of six and then I go into maintenance phase where I will only be on Gemzar.

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      Dltmoll

      That is wonderful news for you - congratulations!

      about 1 month ago
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      Bug

      Congratulations, mandybruin! That's wonderful news!

      about 1 month ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy: After progression, I was started on Carboplatin+Gemzar. My hair started growing back on this combo. They gave me nausea medicine before treatment and some to take as needed. I did get some nausea two days later, once ending up in the hospital due to fever, but the nausea medicine helped and I usually only get nausea if I don’t drink enough water after treatment. Treatment had to be cancelled a few times due to low white cells and low platelets so they prescribed me an immune booster to take for 5 days after treatment. Gemzar burns for a minute or two if you have tiny veins but helped for them to slow down the rate of administration and put on a heating pad. The area is tender for like a day or two afterwards. I haven’t noticed any burning for the last few rounds though.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): I started Tecentriq+Abraxane in 10/2019. Side effects were minimal. The biggest was the Abraxane took out my hair and my eyebrows.

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    I started this cancer journey on 10/03/2018 on Ibrance. After progression, I was switched to Tecentriq and Abraxane in 10/2019. At the same time, I went into a health crisis and ended up hospitalized for two days after extensive blood clots were found in my lungs and my lungs had started shutting down. The treating physician and nurses were low key freaking out because they said people in my situation have a high chance of not making it through the night. But God because I made it. I was placed on Lovenox to address the blood clots and placed on oxygen. I continued chem once I was discharged from the hospital and stayed on it until I had more progression. I was switched to Carboplatin and Gemzar in April 2020. I just found out on August 12, 2020 that I have had a complete metabolic response to my current treatment so after this last round (I have to do a total of six) I will go into maintenance phase on Gemzar only with PET scans every 3 months. I have also been switched to Eliquis for my blood clots and no blood clots showed up on my last PET scan.

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      MarcieB

      Well, you have walked through some fire. Whew! Thank you so much for reporting your experience here. I think I can speak for all of us when I say we are uplifted by your news. I hope you continue to get stronger and get more of yourself back every day. Keep us posted!

      about 1 month ago
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      MLT

      Thank you for sharing your wonderful news! Keep it up.

      about 1 month ago
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      JaneA

      That is awesome news.

      about 1 month ago