Chemo Treatment Day 1

Trip Start Apr 22, 2014
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Trip End Apr 22, 2015


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Boston Marriott Cambridge MA

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Monday, July 7, 2014

I went home for the weekend and now I am back in Boston. It is very weird because I still don't feel sick. But that's a gift! My first chemo infusion will be today for 5 hours. I’ll need to be there several hours before it starts too. Noah flew in from Thailand for a rare visit. He spent the weekend visiting Ellen & Houman, Aaron and Megan, David and Aliza and sightseeing in LA. He is coming in to be with me for the first chemo  treatment. Mark will come down on Tuesday and bring us home Wednesday if I'm able to go right home.

This week, I’m at the Cambridge Marriott as we think that will work best for the first treatment round. Today I did some shopping, and had a healthy dinner at Legal Sea Foods. It was a beautiful summer evening. The sidewalk cafes were filled with people enjoying the weather. I walked all the way from Prudential to the Boston Public Garden to see the roses and then through the common to the Park Street T. I think I will sleep tonight.

Mark, was of course willing to join me today. My sisters, Janet & Lynn wanted to fly up from Florida, to be with me. My closest girlfriends offered. And Noah decided to fly in from Thailand. He won. He is on his way from the West Coast as I write.
 
I have felt wonderfully supported by my family and friends from the time I knew I needed surgery. The love and offers of assistance continue and I am very grateful. You all know who you are. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
 
I am bull headed. I am most comfortable beginning the treatment process by myself. I'm not sick yet and while sitting around the hospital today is what I need to do, I don't see any reason for anyone else to be here too. I'm actually calmer & quieter by myself and I prefer to come in and get treatment without focusing on the reason for it. I hope to be like my amazing and brave cousin Tillie, and soldier on with my life during each step of the life saving treatment.
 
Reality hit in the lab this morning. I saw many very sick folks, a child or two, teenagers, young me and women and very elderly. Cancer does not discriminate. I had an IV inserted in my arm. Ouch. And now I'm in a sunny private room at The Brigham waiting to start the medications that will eradicate any remaining cancer cells.
 
At 4:30 PM it looks like I'll be getting the infusion late tonite. We can't rush things and there isn't any reason to. Everyone I've met has been cheerful and competent.

6:30 PM brought dinner, and a handful of anti-nausea & anti-allergy meds. We had agreed on the lowest doses and fewest agents possible.  We started the Taxol at 8:00 PM for 3 hours followed by 1 hour of Carboplatin.
 
We finished at midnight. I was woozy and had a headache, but that’s about it.

6:00 AM: We Did It! And with NO Steroids (usually used but I react badly to them.) I am feeling tired, but clear-headed and not too bad. The treatment plan my doctors created just for me has paid off off bonuses. It appears to me that I can be safely treated, and with the chemo regimen that we KNOW will kill my cancer!
 
I appreciate everyone's concern, notes, & healing thoughts sent my way so very much. As I get farther into this treatment journey, when there is something some of you can do to help, or to cheer me up, I'll gratefully accept assistance and I will let you know how you can help.

Thanks & Love,
Nancie

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Lisa Gattegno on

Noah,
Knowing you since the day you were born,and seeing you and Mom in this photograph,makes me more proud of you than ever.You are where you should be.By your moms side.Such a great one,she is.

Judy Pearce on

You are off to a great start. Wow, no steroids, that is amazing. I really counted on them to keep me going! Take care. So glad Noah is with you.

Stefi on

No throw up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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