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A Happy Girls Journey with Cancer

Chemo #1

on April 10, 2013

I made it through my first chemo treatment. The nurses at the hospital are amazing and made me feel really comfortable. I was a bit nervous but once things got started I was ok. The treatment took 4.5 hrs, thankfully I was able to keep busy by writing a blog post, reading on the internet and colouring a picture of a Care Bear.


During my treatment I was a little cold so they gave me a warm blanket. I will be better prepared next time because I have received lovely blankets to take to the hospital with me. I thought I wouldn’t be cold, so I left my blanket in the car!

Receiving the chemo drugs didn’t hurt, putting the IV in to start the treatment was another story. They blew one of my veins on the first try, it hurt! Thankfully the second try wasn’t as bad, however my arm looks like someone beat me with a small hammer!

I was tired when I got home from the hospital, I’m sure it was a combination of the drugs and the long day. I was able to sleep through the night and when I woke up I was feeling ok. Not great, but well enough to get up, have some breakfast and take a handful of drugs. I even managed to go to the grocery store with my mom! My face was really red and hot, but I didn’t have a fever. I needed to have a nap late in the afternoon, I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer. I had really bad hot flashes during the evening. I woke up through the night with some joint pain but it went away after taking a couple Tylenol.

This morning I’m feeling ok, again not 100% but I don’t feel like I’m on my death bed either. I would feel like the luckiest girl on earth if all of my treatments go this way! My next two treatments are only 1 drug and should go pretty smoothly with very little side effects.

I hope you all have a great day!

26 responses to “Chemo #1

  1. Megan says:

    I’m glad you’re feeling ok and glad the nursing staff made you feel comfortable! Thinking of you all the time – love you!

  2. Peg says:

    Sending you love!

  3. Amanda says:

    Aww i am so glad things went ok for you…I heard the nurses were really great there 🙂 Sounds like your first round has gone pretty good for the most part…fingers crossed that is is the extent of the gross feeling for you. Stay strong ❤

  4. dana says:

    Thinking about you. BIG HUGS!!

  5. Lindsay says:

    So glad to hear your first round went well and that you are feeling OK. thinking of you lots!!

  6. Tony w says:

    Thinking of you. Hope it all goes well. Sending positive thoughts your way.

  7. barb jphnston says:

    So glad that ur first treatmen is now behind you and wishing you a speedy
    Recovery so you will be able to enjoy your summer….You have a couple
    Of good helpers looking after you…..Take Care and get lots of rest..

  8. Hi Renee, so good to hear your not feeling to bad ,and it sounded like you had excellent nurses with ya and you got a couple of great nurses ur hubby and ur mom,well one round done and hope all the rounds you got to have goes as good for ya,when is ur next round of chemo?you take real good care of ur seif and I know you will behave lol ur hubby and mom will make sure of that,well take care and loads of hugs and prayers coming your way,keep smileing and keep ur chin up, ttul AFA Lee Ann, still praying for you and ur great family, xoxoxoxo

    • Thanks Lee Ann, everyone has been really nice and mom is taking really good care of me. I go back for round number 2 tomorrow! It feels too soon, but the next couple of treatments should be too bad as I will only receive one drug.

  9. Misty says:

    I’m glad to hear you are doing ok Renee. I will be thinking of you for your other appointments.

  10. Robin says:

    Keep up the good work Renee! Xoxoxoxo

  11. pam says:

    Hi Renee, I’m glad to hear that you don’t feel too bad, and that the first one is done. Let’s hope that the next sessions have similar outcomes. Keep smiling (and dancing).

    • Thanks Pam. I ended up being pretty sick for the rest of the week, but I’ve come back around again. I hope the next couple of treatments go well with very few symptoms. At this rate I won’t have the book read for our next meeting!!

  12. Well done Renee, you’re off the starting block now. I hope they all go as smoothly as this one.x

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