Fox and Broom

A mom's adventures in keeping healthy, keeping her sanity, and making stuff.

A View On Chemo

I am starting a new treatment today. This was on my own request, which is a first for me. I usually have to switch to a new treatment because the current one has failed me. In this case, Paclitaxol (Taxol), was working perfectly. However, the side effects were too much for me. I have neuropathy in my fingers and feet, and my fingernails are trying to leave my fingers.

Yeah. It’s gross.

My new chemo is Gemcitabine (Gemzar). It is a not so harsh treatment that will allow my feet and fingers to recover. I would actually like to go back to Taxol at sometime in the future.

While I am sitting here, I realized that I have never once mentioned what my little chemo room looks like. The rooms are not very private, unless you get an actual room with a door. Most of the spaces just have curtains. I have a TV and a small table. Most of them have big windows and a view of two crop circles art pieces with an inspirational quote.

Today’s quote is “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” Mother Theresa

I like this quote. I feel this way when I write about my journey. I’m not trying to shove my illness in everyone’s faces. I am trying to educate people using my experiences. I am hoping that my little ripples might result in more MBC research. I have more to say on this subject, but am holding it for my Pinktober post.

And, as always, fuck cancer.

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2 thoughts on “A View On Chemo

  1. Yes, fuck cancer. I’m so glad you have such a grasp on the way you want to be treated. When I was going through my own thing I researched and researched and researched. It was important for me to understand ALL options. My chemo room was a clinical feeling room with 10 chairs in a circle around the room. No privacy at all. Well… If need be they could pull a curtain but for whatever reason we were all in the wagon wheel as we called it… Some sleeping, some reading, some talking with whoever came with them, some on their tablets etc. I love you! You got this!

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  2. Claire Ducharme on said:

    I love your writing, cancer is evil. I know there’s so much more you don’t share. Am cheering you on while you navigate you path of mazes.
    * pom pom cheer with leg kicks*

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