First Chemo for Breast Cancer – Stage 1, Triple Negative Breast Cancer
We got to the oncologist’s office exactly on time at 8:15 am. My husband and I both brought out computers; I brought mine to watch movies and browse the web and my husband brought his to do work. He dropped me off and drove over to HEB go get two movies from Redbox (17 Again and Nights in Rodanthe).
The Infusion Room at Texas Oncology
Finally, by about 9:30 we made it to the infusion room at Texas Oncology where they administer the chemo. It was an open room with lots of lounge chairs set up in rows. It’s a corner room and there were lots of windows so it was fairly bright. They had me pick a chair near the nurses’ station so they could watch me more closely (they do that for first-timers). My husband was able to pull up a chair next to me and got a tv tray and set up to do some work.
First, I had to fill out some paperwork including agreeing to the treatment. Then they started giving steroids and some anti-nausea stuff through the port. That took some time. Then they had to wait an hour from that before they could start chemo. Some time close to noon, I finally started getting the chemo. Luckily, I had no allergic reactions or any of the initial side effects that they warn about.
For lunch, my husband ran out and picked up some sandwiches for us at a place called the Little Deli.
Around 4 pm I was done with everything. We packed up and had to schedule upcoming chemo appointments.
My next one is in 3 weeks.
So far, I’m doing ok. I’m a little nauseous and achy. We’ll see what the next few days bring.
I’m hoping to be able to enjoy Halloween tomorrow and see my kids trick-or-treat a little.
Happy Halloween to everyone!
Rachel K. Belkin, M.Ed, is a journalist and writer with over 15 years of expertise in travel, business and marketing education, health, and local Austin, Texas events.
With a Master's degree in education from Texas State University and a Business Foundations Certification from The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, Rachel's extensive background is highlighted by her published works and contributions to prestigious publications, including HuffPost, Hometalk, Matador Network, AP News, and MSN.com, as well as on her own platforms, Rachel K. Belkin, Elkin Bay, and Probe the Globe.
Beyond her accomplishments in writing, Rachel is a sought-after educator, teaching businesses effective marketing strategies and content creation techniques. Notably, she successfully built a blog from scratch in 2008, ultimately selling it for six figures in 2021.
Rachel's commitment to advocacy is exemplified by her role on the Breast Cancer Resource Center Advisory Council, particularly contributing to the success of the Young Survivor Project. Rachel is also an experienced public speaker with appearances on TV segments for Fox 7 Austin, KXAN, and CBS Austin and as a speaker at conferences and professional networking meetings for business owners and cancer survivors.