2007 Breast Cancer 3 Day

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Day 13 of 14

I am now on day 13 of 14 days of chemo treatment. While this round has been gentler on my body for the most part, exhaustion has been my problem this cycle. My hands and feet just started getting red and feeling burned yesterday although the entire soles of my feet have been peeling off. Gross, I know. My throat is a bit raw and I've had the occasional nose bleed, but as a whole, it's been so much better.

I have found if I want to be productive at all I must do it before I take my morning dose of chemo pills. Within 1/2 hour of taking them I begin to feel nauseous and just need to sit down. Sleep is preferred at this point, but with children in the house it's usually not happening. It's ok though, I go to bed early and try to get caught up that way.

Eating is random at best. Most days nothing sounds appealing. Often if something does, I attempt it only to find out my mouth or digestive track doesn't agree. You can only eat so much ice cream before even that loses it's appeal. I'm looking forward to the coming week when my appetite will return and my body will cooperate.

I also had another Zometa treatment and Avastin treatment this week. They were pretty uneventful although something in the mix caused me to run a fever of 102 for a couple of days. Who knows...it's a wonder all this chemical mess doesn't cause more issues than it helps.

I will have another round or two of the chemo before they scan me for results. I don't have a sense one way or the other about how it's working. My liver isn't as sore, but I have more swollen lymph nodes in my neck then before. We'll see soon I guess.

Thanks to everyone for your continued love and support. I can't tell you how much it means. I'd love to write to you all with personal notes of thanks, but I just don't have the energy. Please take no offense to my lack of response. Life is harder on this end than I convey on this blog. Your prayers and support help keep me going. Thank you.

So I'm signing off at day 13 assuming that 14 will be uneventful. I'll get back to you soon as we move forward in this journey. For now I'm going to enjoy my upcoming week off hopefully not talking or thinking about cancer.


  1. I can't express how grateful I am that Day 14 is within reach! Praying that God provides the needed rest, relief, encouragement, and hope in this coming week. May it be a true respite for your heart and soul, friend. Thinking of and praying for you each and everyday. Love you, Fran. XOXO

  2. AnonymousMay 06, 2010

    Fran, dearest Fran. Please don't think any of us are taking things personally with you...worrying about any of us is the last thing on our minds!! I just pray that in some small way I can encourage you...and keep praying like crazy. :) LOVE YOU!!

  3. I continue to send hugs and prayers your way. You are in my prayers daily.

  4. I will continue to pray for you and your loved ones.

  5. Fran,
    Though I don't know you in person, please know that I truly think about you and pray for you daily. Hugs, Stacey

  6. AnonymousMay 08, 2010

    I am lovin you and prayin for you everyday ... wish I could be more supportive during this rough time you are going thru ... just please know I am here for you always ... lovin u bunches, janie

  7. AnonymousMay 10, 2010

    My prayers for you continue....

  8. AnonymousMay 11, 2010

    My prayers are with you. Stay strong, you are my hero through my brest cancer. I'm going for my 2nd round of chemo this morning. We will fit this thing. WE ARE WOMEN HERE US ROAR!

  9. AnonymousMay 11, 2010

    Sorry, I meant to say "We will "fight" this thing. Not fit. I blame my little errors on "chemo brain". ;-)

  10. Sweet Fran, I'm sending you much love and lots of written hugs. Please know that you're in my thoughts and prayers; as are Ed, Emma, Eden, Elliott and all. May the Lord touch you and comfort you during this time. He is truly in control and though we don't know His plan ... He does have a plan for us all. Loving you, Theresa