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.