Here is another update if you are following my breast cancer journey and breast cancer blog posts. Today I had the second chemo infusion.
Breast Cancer Blog Post – Update and Vlog of Chemotherapy Round 2
Today was chemotherapy number 2. I wasn’t really looking forward to it since I was finally starting to feel better from the last one. I just kept saying that after this one I’ll be halfway through because I only have 4 treatments altogether.
The Start of Chemo #2
Morry dropped me off at Texas Oncology at 8:30 am and then he went to pick up breakfast and a movie for me. When he got to the oncologist I was in an exam room having my vitals and blood taken. Everything came back normal, so I was able to have the chemo today. The doctor mentioned at the beginning that I might not be able to have chemo today if my levels weren’t good enough. But no worries, everything was fine.
Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer – Stage 1, Triple Negative, BRCA1
By the time I was set up in the treatment room and they started the medicines (steroids, anti-nausea, chemo) it was about 10 am. This time it went a lot faster. They didn’t have to go as slowly since they knew I wasn’t allergic to any of the drugs. We had planned on having Morry run out and get lunch. Around 12 they said I only had an hour left so we waited to go to lunch after. The chemo finished at 1 pm. I need to go back tomorrow at 1 pm to get the Neulasta shot. The doctor said this should help the sores in my mouth. She thinks I got them because my white blood count was so low last time. She also prescribed more medication to help with nausea.
How I’m feeling after chemotherapy
Right now I’m feeling ok. I was really tired during the chemo and after. The medication made me pretty sleepy.
We’ll see what happens over the next few days. Last time my worst days were Sat, Sun, and Mon. So, if you don’t hear from me for a while, that’s why.
When Does Hair Fall Out After Chemo and Other Answers to Questions
I posted a video on YouTube of from my chemo treatment today. I talk about hair loss from chemo and answer the questions, “How long does it take for your hair to fall out when you start chemo?” If you are interested, you can go here to see it. Or look below…
[adthrive-in-post-video-player video-id=”WIogtWhj” upload-date=”2018-01-29T15:12:49.000Z” name=”Chemo #2 – Breast cancer, Taxotere and Cytoxan, Hair Loss” description=”Here’s an update from my 2nd chemo treatment. Watch me pull my hair out! It’s starting to get pretty thin.
I’m 31 years old and was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.”]
Have a good night.
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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.
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