Herceptin Week 2

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Hi.  Today started off good.  I felt a little worse this morning than I did last night but I think it’s just been my cold/cough/sore throat thing and it got better as the day progressed.  I had my next round of Herceptin today and actually felt better after my appointment than I did before.  I got all my blood counts checked.  Red blood counts and blood platelets were good but white blood counts were low (the ones that affect your immune system so no surprise I’m still sick).  They said it was normal though and nothing that needed immediate attention or concern.  They said I’d start feeling less tired by the weekend.  I’m going to work tomorrow though and ready to get back to normal.  I met a really nice girl today in the chemo room.  She has breast cancer as well.  It also doesn’t run in her family and she got it young (early 40’s).   Hers isn’t HER2+ over-expressing like mine but has spread to her lymph nodes like mine.  She’s undergoing a clinical trial and we’re seeing all the same doctors (oncologist and surgeon).  It was nice meeting her.  She’s 3 months ahead of me and we exchanged numbers and will continue seeing each other every Wednesday.  Most of the other people in the chemo room were much older today and it was less crowded than last time.  The girl I met today talked about her port, which is the semi-permanent IV thing that I was contemplating cancelling my appointment for.  My surgery for that is next Friday.  She said she thought the same thing but after weeks of sticks, your veins get worse and you really need it so she was glad she had it now.  So I guess I’m keeping my appointment for that since everyone else has said and recommended the same thing.   The best news of all today was when Dr. Limentani said that my tumors felt much smaller already.  He said it wasn’t typical but not unusual either for that to happen so fast with HER2+ over-expressing cancer and Herceptin, since it’s such a wonder drug.  He didn’t take any measurements because he said they’ll wait and do that every 3 weeks but said he wouldn’t be surprised if by the next big chemo round in two weeks, he may not even be able to find them for measuring.  It’s not going to change any of my treatment plans but it’s still a great thing to hear.   🙂  Well, Dan and I are off to dinner, craving some baked spaghetti.  Yummy.

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6 Responses to “Herceptin Week 2”

  1. Andy B. Says:

    Everyday that I read your posting is another example of what a great inspiration you are. With all the ups and downs, you stay positive and strong. I miss seeing you at work but I know you will be back soon. Take care.

  2. Bekah Says:

    That is awesome news about the tumors! I’m so happy to hear that. That’s incredible that they’re shrinking so fast. I just know in my heart that you are going to be healthy and cancer free in no time. When that day comes, I’m coming down to Charlotte to Paaaaataaaaay!

  3. Diann Steffen Says:

    Hi Danielle,
    This is Angela’s mother. Angela shared with me your story and gave me your website.
    You are by far a very courageous, young women and an inspiration to all of us. The fact that you took the time to set up this website with all this information about cancer and explaining what you are experiencing daily in your blog is so special. You are allowing us to understand the battle you are in. You are truly a remarkable young women.
    I will be checking in on you through this website and will keep you and your family in my prayers. God Bless you!

    • Danielle Kragnes Murray Says:

      Hi Diann! You are so sweet, thank you so much for your concern. Angela is a dear friend and I am so thankful to have her in my life!

  4. Alison Torreano (Roth) Says:

    Good luck on your first day back at work — it must feel so good to get somewhat back to normal! Can’t wait to hear about how it went! I really enjoy reading your daily blog entries and am learning more than I ever thought I would about breast cancer. Your story is such a great reminder to women (well, everyone, really) to do monthly self check-ups and if something doesn’t seem right, get it checked out right away!

    PS – now I’m craving baked spaghetti. 🙂

  5. Sheri Hunter Says:

    I am so impressed by your spirit and I am happy that the tumors are decreasing so quickly. Keep hanging in there! Love you lots!
    Sheri


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