So far I think the TDM-1 has been really easy. Now it’s hard to say because I’ve only had 2 doses and each time I had port surgery 2 days after. And there was a hospital visit due to a pulmonary embolism thrown in there, too. So it’s hard to say what is a drug side effect and what is from other things. But I had my new port installed Friday and felt pretty crummy over the weekend, but today feel almost back to normal. The kind of normal I felt before all this chemotherapy crap. I did not take a nap today and didn’t need one. I ate whatever I wanted and it tasted like it should. My hair is almost to my shoulders. If you saw me, you’d never know I had cancer.
The only weird thing happening to me is crazy intense thirst. I am drinking about 30 cups of liquid a day, and that is while trying to slow myself down. My bloodwork is good and my onc says it’s not a problem, but I feel like it is. I’m not getting any good sleep because I am waking up every hour or two to pee. It’s crazy. But I am hopeful that this will regulate itself soon.
I’m past the 3-year mark now, which is great. But I am starting to see the effects cancer and chemo have on a body long-term. The PE put me back on blood thinners again, which I am injecting into my abdomen every night. I hate hate hate it. It hurts and about half the time it leaves an awful bruise that takes 2-3 weeks to heal. This is one from about 7 days ago:
Isn’t that lovely? Ugh.
So, I’m on the new chemo and my new port is in. Time for things to normalize a bit. I’m completely booked with dogs this month and next. Piper is almost all grown up. She and Finn make me laugh every day and are so affectionate. I have really amazing friends and family helping me when I need it. Life is good. I want to stop and notice– and enjoy every minute of it.