March 1 has come more quickly than we expected! The concept of a second round of chemo has turned into reality. We packed two computers, two lunches, water, snacks, books, power strips, charging cords, and on and on. We are ready. On the way, Diane shook her head and said that she couldn’t believe we were going through this again. I told her that I couldn’t think of a better adventure than saving her life and was happy to be with her! What else would I want to do? Hard to disagree with that, I’m thinking.
We arrived and joined the chemo crowd. They take folks in a couple at a time so that the nurses can manage the intake process. The “pre-meds” quell nausea, inflammation, and pain from the infusion of these life-saving poisons. The nurse brought us three pages of stuff, a list of everything she is being given today. Her “cocktail” is TCHP which is…now wait for it, there will be a test, Taxotere, Carboplatin, Herceptin, and Perjeta. The first two are the chemicals (drugs) that will target the cancer cells and kill them; the last two are immunotherapy drugs that do something magic to other bad actor cells. As a long term cancer endurer tells us, chemo is our friend albeit a friend with penalties.
Today is the beginning…we are happy to feel the support, love and prayers of our friends and family. You can follow us here, on Instagram or on FB. Thanks for caring.
This image is Huntley Meadows Park, a partially frozen lake and a stark, barren winter scene.