Well, I’m three quarters of the way through the first phase of my chemo treatments. This was round 3 out of 4 with Adriamycin and Cytoxan. I have been told that these drugs are the roughest, because your white blood cells are hit so hard. After the A/C, I have 12 rounds of Taxol, which should be a little less compromising on the immune system. I’ll still have to be careful though. It’s been hard not going out in public. Mark has been running all the errands that I used to. I can’t wait to be able to be around more people sometime soon. I know this is only temporary and I guess it’s better to be safe than sorry. All in all, I feel pretty good this week. I hope that taking Claritin every day this week reduces the aches after the Neulasta shot.
The other day my friend Cindy, who is a breast cancer survivor, told me about a program that aired over the weekend. It was Breast Cancer 2013 with Dean Richards on WGN Radio in Chicago. Apparently, for the past 16 years, Mr. Richards has been doing a live broadcast dedicated to the topic of breast cancer. This year, his panel of physicians included Dr. Catherine Pesce, co-director of the Breast Center at NorthShore Highland Park Hospital, and Dr. Mark Sisco, plastic and reconstructive surgeon at NorthShore University HealthSystem. Also on the program was Executive Director Ginny Finn from the support group ABCD, which started in Milwaukee. There were also a couple of survivors/mentors from ABCD. Some of the phone calls to the show were pretty powerful.
The broadcast is available as a podcast on the WGN website, so I listened to it yesterday. Here is the link:
Wow! What a great service Richards does regarding this topic. I think it is well worth a listen. I know it helped me. Maybe it’s just because I am going thru all this right now, but I think it could be helpful to anyone.