My new drug


Kelly and I went to chemo yesterday. I wanted to wait and see how I felt to blog about it. Well so far I feel fine. A tad tired. Not at all sick. Dr. Demichelle said I should expect it to be hard on my white blood cell count. And I will for sure be”bound up” if you know what I mean. I plan on continuing acupuncture so Ed is going to help me with that. 10-20% of patients experience hair loss/thinning. I really hope to keep mine. I really like it. Being bald was an interesting experience but I think I am over it.

I will get Navelbine on a weekly basis. I will get zometa once a month. Zometa will fill in the holes in my bones and therefore reduce my need for pain medication. I am also seeing a therapist in the breast cancer center once a week. He thinks I am funny. And I am going to physical therapy for lymphedema. So my dance card is still full. Having cancer really is a full time job. I am going to get ct scans roughly every three months during treatment to assess where things are. As long as everything is working I will stay on navelbine for a long period of time. There are people who have been on it for years. If this chemo fails to work for any reason we will regroup and try a few other things. I need to mention that is very important that you do not visit me if you have a cold or may have been exposed to anything, this goes for children as well. I will have a depressed immune system while on navelbine. I am going to rely on you to let me know that you have a cough,sneeze, or tickle in your throat. I am telling you now because any illness can land me in the hospital.

Despite the immune system suppression navelbine is a good drug. It is less harsh than other chemo. I pray that we have one that will be able to halt the progression of my cancer. My body is like a game of pac man. Eating little holes in my bones. This has to stop. I am very happy though with all the care I receive . I am very confident that my oncologist wants exactly what I do.I am being well cared for. And my dear Dr, Demichelle wants to be aggressive as well.

I feel strong and prepared for this battle. I guess as strong as I can. I am still weak and sore from all that I have already been through. But still I know this is a less intense chemo and I can handle it. Acupuncture aided me a lot last time and I expect that it will help again. I also think that Reiki has helped me a great deal. So I have a few tricks up my sleeve to help me feel good.

And I also realize we will need to be aware that a time may come where this chemo regimen may fail. I am not exactly hopeful right now. I will try to be though for your sake. I am not a pessimist either. I just keep praying for God’s will. So today I am feeling well. Tired but happy.  I love you. Andrea

4 Responses to “My new drug”

  1. joshua says:

    i’m so over you having holes in your bones. thanks, Zometa!

  2. megan says:

    i am scared that it will be a long time until i see you. my little ones are so constantly coughing, snotting, emitting mucus. i love you. i hate that staying away is how i must show that.

  3. leah says:

    well this sounds like a good plan to me!
    always praying and thinking of you.
    and YES keep ALL the sick away during cold season and any season for that matter!
    please let me know if you need anything.

    >>>>>>I will try to be though for your sake.

  4. leah says:

    what is this?
    do things for yourself, your the one who counts
    love always,
    (sorry the rest got cut off)