Whew… Finished my last round of AC. To celebrate, I would jump up and do some kind of 40 year old awkward cheerleading jump, if I had the energy. So for now, we’ll just mentally picture that one and have a good laugh!
At this point, I have next week for my white cells to recover, then I will start the next round of chemo. I will receive Taxol (paclitaxel) every week for 12 weeks. Then, along with it, every three weeks I’ll receive Carboplatin. As far as side effects go, I have no idea what to expect, except that the compounding fatigue will continue. I will say, after reading about Carboplatin, I mentally tried to will myself to turn into an eagle (Wonder Twins style) and fly away! It didn’t work out…
Another lovely (note the sarcasm) side effect is menopause or menopausal symptoms. Meaning that I could be experiencing menopause or just the symptoms of it and I’ll then be lucky enough to experience a true menopause in a few years. It’s like winning the menopause lottery! So on top of the other side effects, chemo is wreaking havoc with my hormones. Cold and hot flashes (aka: my own personal summer), you name it, it’s happening. Upon telling my oncologist this, her response was an ecstatic, “Great!” Even though my type of cancer isn’t being fed by my hormones, it’s another sign that this chemo regimen is working.
Who knows what’s totally going on, but the tumor area feels even smaller to me than last week. I don’t check it every day, only every few days. The chemo finish line is approaching and I can see the light at the end of this chemo tunnel. And boy am I ready for it to get here! Chemo is a bitch, but if it’s killing those cancer cells, then I’m gonna wrap my arms around it because it’s helping me cross that finish line. Here’s hoping to less side effects for the next three months!