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Started a new chemo today, and got my MRI results

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

I was awake an hour before I needed to be today; couldn't get back to sleep because I was anxious about my chemo appointment today and getting the MRI results. I just got up instead of trying to go back to sleep. But it wasn't a bad thing to get up a little earlier; I had time to do a workout with my stability ball before I had to get ready to go.

First I stopped at the hospital and picked up my MRI report; good news is there is no fracture on my spine, but that spot that they thought might have been a fracture is a couple of bone mets. (Bone mets are tumors in the bones, and mine are from metastatic breast cancer.) The MRI was of the T spine, and it should several more mets, which I already knew were there from the bone scan. The bone mets were first diagnosed in April 2007; as of now, I have them in the spine, ribs, sternum, pelvic bones, and both hips.

Started a new chemo today too. In 2003, I had Andromycin and Cytoxan (lost all my hair to that), followed by Taxotere. From April 2010 to August 2010, I was on CMF; that one caused my hair to thin. From September 2010 to the end of January, I was on Velban. Now I am on Navelbine. It's side effects are constipation (had that with the Velban, so I know how to deal with that.), and lowered blood counts. It also causes partial to complete hair loss. I was so hoping I would have a head full of hair again by spring, and looking forward to getting it cut and styled, but I guess I will have to be using the scarves and wig for the unforeseeable future. I might splurge and get a new wig; I really like my long hair one, which I am wearing in my profile pic, but for the warmer weather, it would be nice to have something shorter and lighter.

At least it's relief to know what my new treatment plan is, after having to wait a week; glad I don't have to wonder about it any more. My schedule will be 3 of weeks of chemo, then a week off. It will be nice on that off week to not have to plan my shopping trips or getting together with friends around my chemo day, which is always on Tuesday. I'll still be getting my Zometa once per month too.

We are having some frigid temperatures again, so no walks outside for at least the next few days. Right now the sun is shining, but it's only 16°F with a wind chill of 0°F; when I got up at 7:30am, it was only -15°F.
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    Shari, Just saw your blog today. Good luck with the new chemo treatments. I will be thinking and praying for you. Patty emoticon At least the sun was out today!
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    Hope your treatments goes good with least amount of side effects possible. emoticon
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    emoticon Thinking of you
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    prayers and love to you Shari
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    Blessings and prayers your way for a pain-free treatment and grabbing some joy wherever you can. Your blog is a true inspiration to an indomitable spirit.
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    Hi Shari, so glad for you that the wait is over and you can now focus on getting through the new treatment. I hope you have very minimal side effects. Though it may not be as good as having enough hair for a cut or re-style, a new wig sounds like a great idea. Anything that gives you a boost is always good for the soul. Stay warm in those very cold temps (sending you some heat from 'down under'!) and I hope you have a relaxing evening. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

    3395 days ago
    Sending you warm thoughts and prayers.
    Best wishes with your new treatment,i hope that the side effects will be minimal. emoticon
    3396 days ago
    I hope the new treatment agrees with you and totally disagrees with the cancer.
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    Shari, every blog you write helps me understand better the process of surviving cancer is living fully today! emoticon
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    I hope that you do well on the new program.


    3396 days ago
    I'm glad the wait is over and you have your new treatment plan. I think a new wig sounds like fun. My thoughts will be with you.
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    I am so glad you know now what you are dealing with! I like the wig you have, but I agree with getting a short one for summer! I know you were doing chemo every other week or such for awhile! I think that you have a week off is great! Enjoy your evening!!!! Rest well emoticon !! Sunshine to warm you emoticon !! emoticon emoticon
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    Shari, my thoughts are always with you. You're such an inspiration. I think the long wig looks fantastic on you but I agree, a short style would be fun for summer. Stay warm and catch some sun through the windows! emoticon emoticon
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    Hey Shari, Glad you finally know what your new treatment will be and what side effects to expect, also the results of the MRI. I know you are glad to get that off your mind. Hope your new treatments go well. You will be in my prayers. ~hugs~ Nancy
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    Hi Shari, It was good to read this and find out how you are doing. I am not able to be on here as much as I used to because of my schedule, but whenever I am I like to read your blogs so I can keep you in my prayers and stay connected. You are such a trooper and I get so much more from you than I ever have contributed. Sisters in survival...us, breast cancer survivors...have got to stick together! I will keep inputting to the Books of the World team site when I am reading a good one. And I always love to get everyone's recommendations from their reading lists too! Stay warm, my friend!
    3396 days ago
    If attitude contributes to outcome, I would say your outlook is very bright!! Hope all goes well with your new treatments.

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    Hello fellow Big Rapids dweller! I thought the thermometers were lying this morning... it felt WAY colder. When I drove by Downtown Chemical Bank, it said 7 degrees... but it felt -15 still to me! So cold my bones hurt.

    Good luck w/ your new treatment program.

    3396 days ago
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