2 years ago I had a mastectomy and 4 rounds of A/C. I don't know if I was just lucky, but I did fine. My blood counts did get very low and instead of having a treatment every three weeks I had to go four weeks between. I was never sick (nausea med's really helped, and my biggest problem was being tired. The hair loss is very scary, but just like everything else, you get use to it. Attitude really makes a difference, but sometimes it's tough to have a positive one. I will pray for both you and your mom.