Last week, I had my fourteenth Herceptin cycle out of 17. I only have three more to go with my last one on 2 August. I am rapidly approaching the end of the cancer triathlon – surgery, chemo and Herceptin.
I am doing well overall.
The main issues of late are:
- My immune system is still compromised. Until quite recently, I had bug after bug since March. It was tedious to say the least.
- Headaches and migraines. I still seem to be getting a lot. A migraine about once every 10 days and headaches up to four days per week. Last week, I had two migraines, Wednesday and Thursday! It is a yicky feeling to wake up with a migraine. Let alone, two days in a row. My GP has prescribed a medication with a side effect of reducing headaches so I am now taking that in earnest. I am also having acupuncture once a week and seeing a chiropractor regularly to help with the headaches too. The main impact of the migraines/headaches is that it’s quite hard to get things done and I feel behind in most things.
- Other than that, after Herceptin, I usually just get a bit swollen and tired (sleeping up to 12 hours for a few nights after Herceptin).
In terms of recovery, I still aim to do exercise daily (getting a bit harder with winter) and eat as well as I can.
I had a MUGA heart scan last week. So far so good in that Herceptin has not impaired my heart function so far. It is monitored each three months.
I still have problems with fatigue – but mainly in scheduling activities. Even though I know that I can cope with one or two activities a day, sometimes I schedule more activities and push myself a bit hard. Also, I decided to organise a website launch but kind of forget how much work was involved. I do about an hour of day of work on the launch each day and if I do more than that, it seems to wear me out too much. I am lucky to have a group of volunteers working on all aspects of the launch for me. And I am sure that the event will go swimmingly. But I’m not quite able to handle things that I might have handled quite easily in the past. It is confronting to realise that I can’t do things that I used to do so well.
A friend of mine in Australia was diagnosed with BC recently. She had surgery last week and her attitude and strength is amazing. I am constantly amazed about how strong and resilient people are. Kia Kaha my friend!
What is going well
- I am feeling good about life post treatment. I’m not sure exactly what I’ll be doing but I am feeling positive.
- I am realising that I have things to offer others going through BC. The website has had a life of its own and I’m enjoying doing it.
- The acupuncture and chiropractor appointments are helping.
- Having a great group of friends and family helping with my website launch.
- The Cancer Society NZ is featuring one of my articles in their July newsletter.
- My skin is really good and my body feels healthy.
- I have an excellent team of medical specialists around me.
- No pressure on me to return to work straight away but starting to think about a part time job post Herceptin.
Thanks for everyone’s support x Andrea