May 21, 2013 - 2:38 pm
Hi all. First an introduction. I'm a 26 year old woman in Houston. Today is my birthday and I'm sitting in chemo treatment right now (FOLFOX) at MD Anderson. I was diagnosed when I was 25, back in January, with Stage 3B colon cancer. They did the resection and found three of 71 lymph nodes were positive. So I've been put on FOLFOX for six months and today is six out of 12 treatments. I have a full time job, although I only work on my off weeks and the Monday following them, and the rest of the time I work from home a couple hours a day (or sometimes not at all, as I'd rather be sleeping!). The only way I've been able to fight through this is with the support of my wonderful boyfriend, family, and friends. Being an atheist, I don't have any faith in anything, although I just try to have hope. It's hard knowing that until sometime at the end of August, five out of every 14 days I will feel like complete crap!
Anyway, I had a question about being able to smell and taste the place (hospital) you go to for checkups and treatments! MD Anderson has a very distinct smell... and all the food tastes the same, and it just tastes like the air and makes me sick to my stomach to breathe it in and even to remember it when I'm not even here! I wanted to know if anyone else felt/feels the same way. Of course when I'm getting the infusion, I sort of taste different tastes, but even when I'm not, the thought of being here just makes me sick! I know there's a big psychological link to that. Just wondering if I'm alone in feeling like that. :)