Well folks, we made it! My last chemo was last week. We are done, done, done with this phase of treatment! And it feels like the weight of the world has been lifted off of my shoulders. Four and a half months of feeling horrible, but knowing we’re doing everything we can to kill off all of the cancer cells.
We met with my oncologist today, not knowing exactly which way this would go. Ultimately, based on the amount of neuropathy (numbness and pain) I’m experiencing, coupled with the fact that it’s getting worse with each dose, it was her opinion (and ours) that we are done with chemo. At this point, I’ve had 4 doses of A/C and 10 doses of Taxol, only skipping the last two.
My red cell and white cell counts look great too – better than they have throughtout all of chemo! Based on all of this, surgery will be sooner than later. If it was up to my oncologist, she would schedule me for this week! And the treatment following surgery will be determined by what is found during surgery and in the pathology. If for some reason chemo has not killed off all of the cancer cells, then I may have to get those last two doses, and I’m good with that.
I’m meeting with my surgeon this Friday to schedule surgery and will keep you posted. But for now I’m breathing a sigh of relief and looking forward to at least a week of not feeling bad! And, with a lot of emotion and relief, I finally got to ring that damn bell!!