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.