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Countdown

Five days until I begin Chemo Cycle 2.

A mental alarm bell went off this past Thursday. First, it was time to call and reorder my anti-nausea meds, which are due to be delivered before my next infusion.

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Attitude

A friend called me on Sunday to see how I was doing.  He knows someone who is also on chemo and who has been having a much tougher time of it.

I brought him up to speed.

Then I told him that I look at all this as an adventure.  It's not one that I would have chosen, but it's an adventure nonetheless. 

He got that.

In an earlier phone conversation prior to starting chemo, I had said, "This is going to sound weird, but I'm actually having some fun with this."

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Mid-May 2014: Chemo Side Effects

Somnolescence (copied from blog entry dated May 12, 2014)

We've had a very quiet weekend.

In addition to overnight sleep, I clocked two 4-hour naps on Saturday and two 2-hour naps on Sunday, plus another 90 minutes of bed time due to some digestive challenges. I'll just say I'm very thankful that I had picked up organic ginger tea prior to chemo, and that M had reminded me of it.

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Early May 2014: Chemo Begins

Chemo, Day One (copied from blog entry dated May 8, 2014)

I had my first chemo infusion earlier today. Was able to drive home, though M was prepared to drive if I couldn't. I became slightly headachey during the infusion and for a couple of hours thereafter, but that faded without added meds. Stomach feels a little off, but no real nausea (lots of burping). Bowels are in will-they-or-won't-they mode. (Says M, who has MS, "Welcome to the club.") Drank 12 cups of water yesterday and have surpassed that today. My water bottle is my constant companion.

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Early May 2014: Chemo Prep and Getting My Port

T Minus 4 Days to Chemo (copied from blog entry dated May 4, 2014)

Did a bit of yard work -- perhaps the last yard work I'll do for a while (whatever that will mean).

My list of phone calls to make for tomorrow includes:

1. The pharmacy for the anti-nausea meds, to get their tracking number and reconfirm that the meds will be sent to the cancer center directly rather than to my home, since I am having surgery on the day of delivery.

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Early May 2014: More Prep for Chemo

The Fine Art of Negotiation (copied from blog entry dated May 3, 2014)

Also posted on Facebook:

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April and May 2014: Preparation for Chemo

Preparations (copied from blog entry dated April 29, 2014)

I still don't know exactly when chemo will start. I only know that it will, and likely soon.

I had a MUGA scan on Monday and will likely get the results when I see the oncologist on Thursday. We expect my heart to be fine. (Then again, the surgeon and I had expected my recurrence score to be low rather than intermediate, which is why I'm getting chemo. You never know.)

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March and April 2014: Surgery and Preparation for Chemo

Day After Surgery (copied from a blog post dated March 26, 2014)

I posted this as my Facebook status earlier today:

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March 2014: Consult and Preparation for Surgery

'Twas the Night Before Consult (copied from blog entry of March 12, 2014)

More prep:

 (1) Joined websites PatientsLikeMe.com and Breastcancer.org;

 (2) Checked into taxi services and touched base with the one I'll likely use when I need to (but see (11), below);

 (3) Drafted various correspondence;

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March 2014: Diagnosis and Preparation for Consult

It's Clobberin' Time! (copied from a blog entry dated March 5, 2014)

I posted this status on Facebook early on March 4: "GP called this morning and I've got my marching orders. Biopsy showed cancer, so I will head in early this afternoon to set up surgery and we'll take it from there. Won't know what stage I'm in until after the surgery. In other words: It's clobberin' time! Fight vibes much appreciated, and thanks! <3 "

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