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Cheers to 2 rounds of chemo down!

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After my 2nd chemo treatment all I wanted to do was go for a walk. Justin had to go to the store so I told him to go and them come back to pick me up. I once roamed these sidewalks as a care free college students and damn it-those where one of the best times in my life. During college I loved being outside and finding my own quite haven to study. Although Moffitt sits on somewhat of “unknown” territory to me. This girl, knows that if you keep walking, eventually this campus will lead you to some water, fountains, and some shaded benches. I found it of course. Right in between the Psychology and Natural & Environmental Sciences buidlings. Us Public Relations/Mass Comm students NEVER had to venture this far West on campus. Lol! Right now, I’m staring at a body of water with ugly ducks and a fountain shooting up probably just as gross water-yet, I think its the most beautiful thing I’ve seen all week. I’m officially 25% done with my chemo treatments! My hair started falling out 3 days ago, so this weekend its coming off- all of it. Honestly seeing my hair fall out in clumps isn’t as traumatic as everyone said it would be. I guess I prepared myself as it being the most horrible experience through this all. Now, if my eyelashes start coming off, then that may be a whole different story! This picture featured is one of my new wigs. I call it my Brit Brit hair 🙂

As I’m sitting here I can’t help but reflect on the side effects that I’ve been so blessed with these past 2 weeks:

Bone pain from Nuelasta: Easy peasy rememdey is Vicodin and Claritin
Dry skin, or rashe
Fatigue
Hair loss
Constipation (lasted only 3 days thank God!)
Flu-like symptoms, including Sinus pain
My face broke out during week 2-I honestly don’t remember the last time my face looked like this-maybe middle school??? I made Justin go to the store and get me good ole’ Clearasil. With some diligence, I must say it’s working!

Random things: Before taking a Tylenol or Advil I must take my temperature and make sure its under 100.5. Why? B/c temperature may = infection = no bueno. My low immune system did get the best of me this round, but I’m going to do everything possible to keep it in check this time around. My aunt bought me the NutriBlast which has been AMAZING and I recommend it to everyone! It makes disgusting veggies taste like a fruit smoothie. So far my favorite concoction is : Spinach, bananas, mango and blueberries! Yum! You can even through in some chia seeds for the ultimate immune ass kicker.

Cheers to 2 rounds of chemo down!

June 15, 2013
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What gets you through the first week of chemo? Here’s my list:

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Love-from family, friends and even just acquaintances

My daughters laughter and smile

My husbands “matter of fact” attitude

My sisters heart, smile and strong attitude-stronger than mine

Mom’s meals

Dad’s words of wisdom

Praying to God

Positive thinking from fabulous friends such as  http://craftybeerrunner.com/ and http://mariabrennansart.blogspot.com/?wref=bif 

Co-workers who extend a genuine helping hand

Lorazapam & Vicodin & Nausea meds

Girlfriends who don’t listen to you when you say “ I don’t want company”

A great haircut involving,  a few 4-packs of cheap wine and veggie straws

Music

My blog

Encouraging messages from you all

Determination & knowing that there is something greater on the other end.

June 4, 2013
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The Treatment Plan

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This post will be short and sour. I promise I find some rainbows in the days to follow. Friday comes and we sit down with Dr. Kiluk. I have Stage IIB Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, PR-, ER- Her-, with a nuclear grade of 3. So what do all these things mean? Basically  it means that hormone therapy will not work for me since this tumor is negative in all three categories (PR,ER,HER). I have what is called Triple Negative Breast Cancer-it accounts for 15% of breast cancer. Leave it to me to not be in the norm-it was never my style anyway.  Unfortunately, I can’t take a magic pill and the tumor will slowly disappear. As it stands right now, I have 4 months of chemo, followed by surgery, followed by radiation and somewhere in there a new set boobs. However, the PET Scan & MRI results showed that the cancer has not spread! Thank you Lord Jesus!

Dr. Kiluk describes it as a marathon and I just came around the first mile.

June 1, 2013
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May 13, 2013

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It’s only fitting that the title of this first post is the date when my life would change forever. I know people say that all the time, but I didn’t realize the magnitude of that “life event” that would make this statement so true and powerful. Here I go…

May 27, 2013
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