Happy Cancer Girl

A Happy Girls Journey with Cancer

Chemo #9 and #10

on June 26, 2013

Hey everyone, I hope you have been out enjoying some of the great summer weather we have been having! I wish I could say that I have been, but it wouldn’t really be the truth. On the hot days I have to hide in my basement because the heat gives me really bad hot flashes and also makes me feel sick. I hope this is just a chemo thing and not a menopause thing because I have always enjoyed hot days!

With the completion of chemo #9, I am officially halfway through! That’s pretty exciting for me. Owen bought me a nice pair of earrings to celebrate making it this far. Chemo #9 was a rough week and not because it was a double drug week, in fact it was only taxol. As I have mentioned before I seem to be growing increasingly tired, this week was no exception. In fact I was so tired that I had to have naps after completing the smallest of tasks. I baked a friends wedding cake, I was glad I was able to do it for her. I was able to attend her wedding, but had to leave before dinner because I felt really sick. It was a long week and I wasn’t looking forward to chemo #10.

The morning of chemo #10 the hospital called and told me my blood counts were low and I was going to receive a blood transfusion with 2 units of blood. They told me to be prepared to be there all day because I was still going to have chemo. This was a double drug week which takes longer then just the taxol week, so I ended up being at the hospital from 9 until 5:30. It was a pretty long day.


The fact that I can still look happy while having a blood transfusion amazes me!

The new chemical free blood was such a help. Yes I was tired because I always am during this week. The zofran (nausea pill) makes me sleepy so I had a nap everyday. But, on Thursday I was able to go out with my mom for a bit and Friday I was able to do a little shopping. Saturday I went to a pool/dinner party and was able to eat. Sunday Owen’s family came to visit and I made a rhubarb vinaigrette and a Waldorf salad. I had more energy then I’ve had in a long time, it was wonderful.

I bought a book on knitting (it’s on my list for living) and have actually completed a small bag (for my niece) and a cell phone case (that I did a horrible job on) and am now working on a tablet cover (which is looking super awesome).


Have you heard of The Color Run? It’s a global 5K run and it looks like a ton of fun! I am going to add it to my list for living and hope that it is something I can do next summer. Check out the video, there is likely a Color Run at a city near you!

7 responses to “Chemo #9 and #10

  1. Bruce says:

    I am remain positive and most of all so looking forward to get your energy going up ..let me know if you need anything and most of all keep smiling 🙂

  2. You have certainly had some ups and downs but halfway through!!! That is wonderful.
    Don’t forget when you are learning to knit about our cancer caps; maybe you will make a few of those. Wishing you good health in the very very near future.

  3. We had a run just like that not long ago called Run or Dye. It was downtown Chicago, I wanted to go to see the sites and visit the littler merchants but we didn’t make it. It looked like an awesome time. 🙂

  4. Aunt Mimi. says:

    I am so glad that the blood transfusion has given you more energy…. I bet you feel so much better being able to get out a bit more this week.

  5. Kym says:

    Thinking of you! So happy that you have reached the halfway mark!

  6. Hi RENEE, so glad u r doing better, just want to wish you nothing but good luck.well got a call last thursday around 4;0clock and now got to have a biospy done on my right kidney now my Kidney specialist don’t like the way the spot has been getting bigger,and he is really concerned about it now it’s been going on 2 years and now its all happening.really nervous about the Biopsy. but enough of my complaining,. just want all to work out for you. tell ur famoly I said hi and Goodluck Renee. thoughts and prayers coming ur way, ttul keep us updated girl, you are a very strong young lady but you got a great family, and that means so very much.xoxoxoxo ttul.

  7. Hi renee, just wanted to check in and tell you I am always thinking of you and wondering how you are feeling day by day. Glad you have begun to knit. It’s very frustrating at first, but so rewarding when you mange not to drop a stitch and make a neat square. Thats all I can make, squares! I can do different patterns of square, but haven’t mastered an actual piece of clothing yet. Good luck with it, it’s very therapeautic when you feel up to it. Take care xx

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