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Sorry I have been so slack on the blog posts lately. I really appreciate everyone checking in on me though so I’m sorry I’ve been so slack. Anyway, I’ve been feeling good. Not great but good. Usually in past rounds, the dry mouth / sore throat went away by about Monday or Tuesday following chemo. This time it’s lingering. Every day by about 4pm my throat starts hurting and my mouth always feels dry and hot now. I guess it’s going to be like that for a while though because I heard that was a side effect of radiation too and that’ll be every day for six weeks, yuck. Aside from that, I’ve been a little more tired and I haven’t been sleeping all that great, but I’m also nervous about giving a speech at Nina’s wedding on Saturday so hopefully that’ll get back to normal next week. And I’m not tired enough to require naps or anything so it’s not that bad. Nina’s wedding is this Saturday and then next Wednesday is my next big chemo round, the second to last one finally. It went by fast but at the same time it’s getting really old and I’m ready for it all to be done.
Last week in the chemo room for my Herceptin appointment, I met a new girl who was in there for her first round. She was probably in her late 30s. She was just diagnosed with triple negative stage IIB IDC, which is the same thing as mine except her hormone receptors are negative. Triple negative means her tumors are HER2-, ER- (estrogen) and PR- (progesterone). Again, mine was HER2+, ER+, PR-. Triple negative breast cancers are typically responsive to chemotherapy, although they may or may not be more difficult to treat because they are unresponsive to the most receptor targeted treatments like Herceptin for the HER2+. Here are some statistics for a quick lesson:
I visited the wig place again this weekend and saw my friend in there. She had her mammogram and everything came back cancer free however she did have a cyst and found a thyroid problem so it was good she was seen. She said she didnt’ have to pay for anything and said she wouldn’t have been able to go there without my oncologist’s referral for her. So that was really nice to hear that I was able to help her in that way. It also means that I’ll be able to give back the donations that I received from people. I kept track of those and will contact you individually. Thanks again everyone!
I got a couple new wiggies while I was there, which are lighter in color (blondish but not too blonde) for the summer. I’ll have to post some pics later. I like them. I met a lady in there who was shopping for wigs for the first time and she seemed pretty upset. I talked to her for a while and hopefully made her feel better about all of it. Her hair was short already so I told her it would only take her about 2 months to grow her hair back out and it wouldn’t come out as much since she didn’t have to run her fingers very far through it when she conditioned it. I also explained how nice it was getting ready in five minutes without shampooing, conditioning, drying, combing, styling, or shaving.
And my last update…. I want a new puppy everyone and Little Precious (AKA Dan) is not letting me get one so I need everyone’s help. Please vote YES here for “Should Dan let Danielle get a new puppy?”