On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Chemotherapy #4 of 6 - Done!

Today was a chemotherapy day - only two left!  I tried to draw the infusion pump but it had more buttons and knobs and tubing and hanging bags and all sorts of other things so it was a bit complicated.  I'll try again another day.... maybe.

I left kind of bummed.  My white cell count is so low that for the next three days I have to go back for Neupogen shots.  Instead of grousing I should be grateful.  I remember that, some 35 years ago, a friend died from infection as a complication of chemotherapy - but that was before Neupogen was created.  I've had constant infections since October so I'm considered high risk and with no real immune system!

I was also told that the next time I have a fever I should do what I did - take Tylenol to see if I can bring it down and avoid going to the Emergency Department - but I should also go directly to the infusion center so they can do some blood testing and track down the cause.

You know, I'm starting to feel like a patient!  I spend so much time either in the medical center or emailing doctors, ordering medications, traveling the 45 minutes for blood draws and scans and appointments.  I liked remission better, all nine years of it!


  1. Congratulations on completing the fourth installment, Barbara. I know the ups and downs must be no fun (major understatement!), but I'm glad you were able to have the chemo today & that the Neupogen is available to address the white blood cell issue.

  2. Yes, I really need an attitude adjustment. I am alive, after all, and there's a lot to be said for that!

  3. I'm grateful for all the many things humans have thought up to combat cancer! God is amazing in the abilities he gave to humans! I wouldn't fault yourself for feeling down occassionally - you are going through a lot, but a cheery attitude (which you usually seem to have) is good for the mind, body and soul!

  4. I'm glad you're ok Barbara! :-)


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