Ready for Round Two

If I had to pick a winner this round, I’d say me: 1; Cancer: 0. The chemo hasn’t been easy, but round one was much easier than I thought it would be.

The most surprising thing has been the new side effects that seem to come everyday. It’s not just a standard set of side effects that peak and then go away (naive me thought it would work that way). Instead, as some go away, others show up. That feels strange to me but since none have been too terrible, I’m not complaining.

Today’s new side effect is constant thirst. I’ve had no less than 40 glasses of water today and I feel like I’ve drank nothing but straight up salt. Hands and feet slightly swollen like I NEED to drink water. So I keep drinking. And drinking. And drinking.

I still have all my hair but I can tell that is just a matter of days if not hours before it’s coming out. Headache, weird tingling, buzzing feeling all over my scalp. It’s not tender yet but I can just tell it’s coming. I thought it would happen on day 12 like many people on my regimen, but I guess it’s hanging on a few more days. Today is day 14 for me. Few people make it very far past second treatment with hair. So it’s coming soon.

I can only hope and pray that my second round will be as good as my first round and I won’t experience any NEW side effects. I also pray that I won’t get neutropenia again – I want the chemo to work but spare me some white blood cells please so I can stay off antibiotics (which I’m blaming for the nausea I experienced on the exact same 5 days I took the meds).

Thanks for everyone’s support, prayers and well wishes. Bring on Round Two (which is in the morning by the way)!


14 responses

  1. Good luck with your treatment tomorrow. Hopeful thoughts and prayers heading your way for decent blood counts and no complications.

    I know just what you mean about the hair tingling. I found cold showers helpful for soothing the scalp. Once it happened, it wasn’t as terrible as I imagined. Stay strong and focused on what’s in front of you. Best xx

      • Not really intense dehydration. But I do need to drink more now all the time but not sure if this is a response to any lessening of hydration after the intense drinking around chemo days…. does that make sense? I just think I need to drink more all the time now….

  2. Shelley, Thinking of you today and everyday. So glad the side effects haven’t been too bad. Heard you went on a two mile hike during Thanksgiving…..great! How are you
    doing with the juicing. I’m thinking about trying it. How do you like your juicer? Hoping today is a great day! Love you, Gail

  3. Sounds like you are keeping such an amazing positive attitude- you are totally going to kick cancers butt… I mean, what a mistake- messing with YOU! ( : You will always have the most beautiful head of hair, even if it goes away for a short period of time. Love you!

  4. SHELLEY! I am not on Facebook so I just found out what you are going through. I am so sorry I have not reached out to you sooner. You are beautiful inside and out and I know you can beat this. Cancer is too ugly for your spirit :). I have some great little prayer warriors in my house and we are all praying for you. So happy I found this site so I can keep up with your journey. Sending you love, hugs and a whole lot of strength. xoxoxo

  5. Shelley,
    We have been keeping up with you through your Mom and Dad. I am so glad to read your blog and see what a positive attitude you have. You have been and will continue to be in our prayers. All our church is praying, too.

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