2007 Breast Cancer 3 Day

Saturday, April 10, 2010

One Week Down

I now have one week of chemotherapy behind me. I also have one week of chemotherapy ahead of me still. The side effects haven't been so bad. I developed my first mouth sore yesterday. It's about the size of a dime and is on the inside of my bottom lip. Pretty miserable. I am a bit nervous knowing I still have a week of pills to take, but so far it has all been managable. The drug I am on sometimes causes Hand-Foot Syndrome. It is basically where the soles of your feet and the palms of your hands become extremely sensitive. They become red and inflamed and can even break out with blisters. I do have the beginning stages of this. My hands and feet are bright red. The best way to describe it is like a really bad sunburn. This wouldn't be so bad if I didn't have to walk around on that sunburn and use my hands for everything that I do. It's pretty uncomfortable. On a happy note though, I am having less pain in my liver. I am extremely hopeful that this medicine with all it's nasty side effects is actually doing it's job and killing the cancer in my body.

Life around the house is still running a little out of sync. I haven't found the balance between resting and living. While I would love to lay in bed all day, I have kids, a husband, and a house that need me. Many people want to help out and I appreciate that, but the reality is that this is my new life. I will always be on some kind of treatment. I will always been dealing with side effects and let's face it, I'll probably never feel "normal" again. So I have to pull myself up by the bootstraps and get on with it. Some days will be hard and I'll probably spend them in bed, but most days I just have to get up and live.

Thanks to everyone for the awesome show of support. I appreciate your cards, gifts and prayers so very much. I'll keep you posted as we go into this next week of chemo. Pray that the side effects are tolerable and that this medicine is doing it's job.


  1. YEA....I know that God is doing His work on ridding your body of the horrible disease...I know that you feel as though you need to "do everything that you normally would" but please do not forget that the people that are offering to help you are doing so only because they love you and want to help. God has put all of these wonderful people in your life for a reason...please allow them to do His work for you...everyone has a purpose and this may very well be their purpose for His kingdom.....I am glad that you feel "better"...stay positive and all will be well......know that we love you and wish that we could be there with you....

  2. (((Fran))) Your fight is awesome! You will beat this!

    Hey, and let everyone love on you sweetie. That is what the body of Christ is supposed to do. ;)

    Praying for you today!

  3. "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." Psalm 73:26 * So thankful that in our weakness, our God is strong and faithful. Praying that you continue to sense the comfort and security of being safe in His grip. Oh, how He loves you... XOXO