Chemo Experience 101

Just coming out of my latest chemo experience, I thought I’d share a little about what I went through on the last few days (3-7, by my last account). The last time I mentioned it, I was beyond day 7 and I felt super awesome! I’m a liar. It sucks.

I was nauseous the entire time (days 3-7 were worst). Smells were awful, I could barely enter the kitchen. My kids were fantastic, but ended up watching more TV than they do in a ‘normal’ month. I ate because I had to so I didn’t throw up. Vitamin water is REALLY hard to open without the assistance of 2 smaller children taking turns after my initial, unsuccessful attempt. I was exhausted and needed to nap, no debating.

Maybe this time was different from most because I traveled, I stayed up until midnight on day 3-4 (Taylor Swift concert with 3 kids – lots of bright, flashing lights, light rail experience both ways), I had to get up at o’dark thirty to get to an Avistan infusion on day 6, I was finishing my lady time (TMI, I know). But it all worked together to drive my chemo experience into the deep dark underground of hell.

I know there are people who can do this without skipping a beat. One of my daughter’s teachers is fighting breast cancer and stated, ‘I get my infusions on Tuesday, so I might be tired the rest of the week.’ WHAT?! I have 7 days of hell each month and I complain. I’m a wimp. I’m alive, but a wimp. I’m a stay-at-home mom who’s a wimp. She’s a working TEACHER and she’s got balls. I bow to her strength and perseverance in light of what she’s fighting with amazing courage and ballage. And she’ll likely lose her hair.

So, I’ll complain in my wimpiness and then I’ll move on.

Moving on now.

9 thoughts on “Chemo Experience 101

  1. Not even close to being a wimp! You are brave and getting through it all with a smile! You are allowed a pity party now and then. Plus you went to Taylor Swift! Nothing wimpy about that!!!!

  2. Yikes! I for sure would not have done the concert – good job on that. In fact, my own “chemo” was very mild and there were still days I asked friends to babysit me due to tiredness and dizziness.

    Rest as much as you can – “the body wants what the body wants” – and not giving in to that can make you even more tired and ill. (I teach what I need to learn, obviously….)

    How can we help?

    Sending Love, as always.

  3. I’ve never ever seen a less wimpy person! Perhaps it’s like the smartest person ever who has so much left to learn. Yeah, okay! Still the best. XOXOXOXO SA

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