On May 10th I had my eighth and final chemo treatment! I can’t tell you how glad I am that it’s done. Overall, I had minimal side effects and sailed through it quite well, thanks to the recommendations from my naturopathic oncologists, Dr. Dan Rubin and Dr. Meilssa Coats at Naturopathic Specialists. I couldn’t (and wouldn’t) have done it without them. Also, a huge thank you to my medical oncologist Dr. Gerry Kato and all of the PAs, MAs and nurses at Pinnacle Oncology who were fantastic throughout my treatment.
I had 14 days between each treatment, which was just enough time for me to start feeling better before they poisoned me again. They plan it that way so the side effects aren’t compounded over the course of treatment. This was a bit of a challenge for me, as I assume it is for most people.
On every cycle by day 12 I felt fantastic, usually feeling the best on the morning of the next treatment. This messes with you psychologically. It can really make you not want to continue with treatment, but somehow I was able to see the light at the end of the tunnel and each time I told myself to just suck it up and do it.
It’s really important to have a support structure around you to help you get through these times, and I have to thank my husband Mark, my mom and dad and all my friends who were there for me through the chemo. I learned a lot and will be posting some important info about surviving chemotherapy in the near future. Stay tuned.
I need to take this brief moment to be thankful for getting through the chemo and stand in awe of my accomplishments, because the journey is not over. My next hurdle is to figure out radiation therapy, which several doctors have strongly recommended. There are a lot of factors to weigh in making this decision, so this week I will start getting second, third and fourth opinions then I will sit with the info I gather and make a decision about what to do next.
The best advice I’ve heard in dealing with cancer treatment is to just take it one step at a time. So, on to the next step.