Tomorrow is round 6. I feel like I’ve been on this journey for forever. Taxol hasn’t been nearly as bad as the AC rounds…so far anyway. I spoke to my breast cancer bestie who just finished her treatments last week and it seems her side effects got worse each time. Her last round was terrible and I felt empathy for her trial. She was on Cytoxan and Taxotere (Taxotere and Taxol are in the same medicinal family and have similar side effects).
The side effects I’ve had with Taxol have been fatigue, joint pain, dry peeling skin, back pain and stomach pain. Headaches seem to come easily as well. My hands hurt a bit the first weekend too which means I didn’t ice them enough during the treatment. Icing means to put ice packs on the hands and feet to keep them cold preventing the chemo from going to your toes and fingers. This prevents neuropathy. Janet helps me rotate the ice packs throughout the treatment. I kept her on her toes during round 5 running back and forth to and from the hospital freezer. 🙂 And then I decided I wanted Runts (which I haven’t had since I was probably in high school) and she went and bought a plethora of them. She’s awesome.
I’m keeping this post short but wanted to give a quick update to let all of you know that I’m feeling better than I have in quite some time and I’m looking forward to my last treatment on July 18th.