Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Chemo Treatment is Finished at Last

It has been a long time since I last posted here.  I am finally finished with my chemo and will soon start my radiation treatment.  They will last 6 1/2 weeks and I will go every weekday.  Today I went for the simulation, where they get you set up for the treatment.  I will start treatment next Wednesday.

My last few rounds of chemo were a little more difficult for me.  I found myself being very tired much of the time and I have been suffering from migraines as well.  It was finally determined that the Neulasta shot I receive after each round of chemo, was probably the cause of the migraines.  Unfortunately, this shot is very necessary as it helps to keep my counts up and prevents me from catching dangerous infections.  After each round of chemo, my counts usually went down low on the 7th day, but by the 10th day were back to normal.  During those few days (always over a weekend), I had to be on antibiotics and be very careful not the expose myself to germs.

I feel great that this is now all behind me.  After going through chemo, radiation treatment will be a breeze, or so I am told.  I was told I will be in and out of there in 15 minutes each day. 

I probably won't be blogging on this subject again, but if anything new develops, I will send out an email to everyone.  I'm expecting the rest of my treatment to be uneventful which if fine with me.  Thank you again for all your support throughout my illness.  It means so much to both Al and me.