No more chemo!!!

Quick-like update:
Today was my 6th & final dose of Taxotere & Carboplatin. Yes!!

My platelets today were up yet again… A HUGE jump from 78K before last chemo to 154K today. Wow!

I’ve been feeling good other than being a tad worn down. The oncologist was concerned that my hemoglobin levels were low. They dropped from last time too. She wasn’t so concerned as to require me to have a blood transfusion, but it’s an option if I start noticing symptoms like shortness of breath, heart palpitations or being more tired than usual (how am I supposed to know?! Lol I’m tired a lot as it is.) I’m hoping I can’t tough it out since I won’t have more chemo treatments and they’ll bounce back on their own.

I go back now in 3 weeks for labs, visit with Dr. Mayer & to have my first Herceptin-only treatment. Those will continue every 3 weeks for a total of 52 weeks. I’ve already had some of those along with the chemo, so I’m presuming I’ll be done with those in August of 2014. I’ll only have to have labs done & see the doc every 9 weeks, so my treatment days are going to be a lot shorter after next time. I can’t wait to get back in the swing of a new normal…Get my energy back, have my hair come back, get a JOB again! After my next surgery (feb-march hopefully?) I’ll feel like I will finally feel like myself again and not this shell of a Jen. (Heh…that rhymed)

I just want to say again how grateful I am for all of you rooting for me, thinking of, praying for, sending love, light & positive vibes to me. You are the best. I’m especially grateful for my husband. He’s been by my side every step of the way & making me feel so loved. I’m a very lucky girl to have him.

2014 will be a great year. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas & New Year with your families. We had a great (albeit short) visit from my mom & stepdad this past weekend. It was so nice to spend time with them in our new city! We will have all our kids here on Thursday. Jess & Carter come Thursday morning, & Austin flies in Thursday night. Can’t wait to hug his neck! I haven’t seen him since right before chemo started!

Ok I’m tired & crashing for the night. Much love.

XOXO,
Jen

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