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I am so bad at keeping up with this blog. Guess life has been a bit busy since the last post. So much has happened since. I did start my chemotherapy, I started two medications one called Taxol and another one called Herceptin. I was supposed to have 12 rounds of Taxol once a week and Herceptin every 3 weeks for 17 weeks. Immediately after my first round, my stomach was a mess. Mild cramps, constipation, heartburn, and a loss of taste were my main side effects. I must say that it was not as bad as I anticipated. My energy was still high, my hair had no signs of falling out. I felt that I could totally handle this chemo thing. This continued on until my sixth round when I really hit a wall, while I was plugged into the machine getting Taxol I had such horrible cramps that I thought I would have to go straight to the emergency room. I decided then and there that I no longer would continue treatment. I also switched oncologist to someone I am more comfortable with. And although he did recommend that I try another type of chemotherapy he was supportive of my decision. And so here I am post chemo and thriving. Sure my hair fell off and I look like a baby chick with fuzzy hair, but I no longer have all those stomach issues.

Someone asked me if I was scared of stopping mid treatment and the truth is that I can’t answer that with a simple answer. Yes and no. I mean anything could happen at any time. Radiation which I start next month is known to cause cancer, Tamoxifen¬†which I also start soon, has a whole lot of issues that come with it. I don’t really know how to feel. The best I can do is eat healthy, find more time to exercise and enjoy my life and be around the people that love and support me. I will not pause my life waiting to get better, I’ve done that enough recently.

With that said, I am really happy knowing that I have people reading this blog. Let me know if you have any questions about any of this. Although I am learning as I go, I totally get how confusing and overwhelming this all is. It drives me crazy how much information there is out there. I will keep you posted on radiations and all that other stuff. Thanks for reading.

LR

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One thing I did not dream of while starting this blog and talking to people about my diagnosis was the amount of support I received. Also, tons of inquiries about how I first discovered it, how I will treat it, etc…

Many ladies out there have found lumps and are too scared about the outcome. But I urge you to go get a mammogram sooner than later because breast cancer tends to be aggressive if left alone. I am the kind of person that if I know if something is wrong, I need to get it resolved as soon as possible. Please don’t be scared to get tested because no matter what the outcome is, you are strong and you can deal with whatever comes your way.

The goal of early detection is to diagnose and treat breast cancer patients in an early stage when the prognosis for long-term survival is best. Delays in diagnosis and treatment, could result in a poorer prognosis for women with breast cancer.

PLEASE LADIES, no time to waste when it come to your health. Get tested and move forward. Everything will be okay.