The week of October 31th to November 5th
This week started with nervous and anxious feelings. Chemo was now set to start on Nov.4th. Neither one of us had an idea what this meant. We all hear about chemo treatments but do we really know what this means? Do we even know how chemo is given? I did not have the slightest idea.
This was also the first week that was actually somewhat normal. The girls helped out more in the house and I even got stuck at work doing a double. This was a good week. With all this craziness it really helped to clear our minds and not think about the upcoming chemo.
I have noticed that this journey can really make a person lose their mind. The most important thing I have learned is to ask for help as things can get extremely overwhelming. As long as people have a good support group and find people who would just listen things get a little easier. We would like to take to thank all of our family and friends for all of their support and prayers. We really appreciate all of it. We find ourselves taking great inspiration from all the support from everyone that we know.
On Friday we started the day speaking to our oncologist (Dr. Cercek). She just wanted to know if we have any last questions and wanted to reassure us that she was optimistic about the results we will get once the chemo therapy end. She explained that we will have good days and bad days as chemo would really affect her body in a lot of different ways.
After our meeting with the oncologist we went to the next floor to wait to be called to start the 1st round of chemo. We really did not know what to expect and our minds started to run wild. No one really tells you how chemo is given. We were taken into a nice room and the nurse started to apply a simple IV. She explained that the chemo is just a simple bag of IV. Who knew that it would be that simple? I thought it was going to be like a special machine or something. Maybe I have been watching too many Marvel movies.
This is a long process. They put one bag up at a time. They start her off with some fluids for about an hour. Then they put a bag of steroids for about half hour, then more fluids and then a bag of chemo and then they repeat. In total she just got forty minutes of chemo but the process takes about 6 to 7 hours.
On Saturday the chemo effect started to appear. She was drained and she felt nauseated. She was sleepy and her energy was low. Maybe all the medicine she has to take affects her as well as all the chemo in her system. We also know that all of this is fighting the cancer in her body. We are now fighting the cancer head on. We know that this is the start to victory. We won’t give up. We will beat this cancer and we know that With God All Things Are Possible.
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