It feels good to know that I have completed my last chemo treatments. We are now moving forward to me having my double mastectomy in a month. For the most part I still have been feeling pretty good. The only side effect that has been getting a little worse is the tingling in my fingertips. I have noticed in the past week or so that my nails are getting a little discolored and feel very sensitive, kind of like when you slam your fingers in a door. I have had some troubles with buttoning clothing and have noticed that the strength in my hands may not be as strong as it was in the past.
One other side effect that has bothered me is the loss of my eyebrows and eyelashes. This has been more troublesome than losing the hair on my head. When I look in the mirror first thing in the morning, it’s hard to look at myself without seeing that I am sick. Now that the chemo is done, I can look forward to all of my hair returning. So in no time I will have all of my eyebrows and lashes back along with the hair on my head.
I feel so fortunate that I was able to keep my neutrophils up enough to not have an interruption in my treatments. Who knows? Maybe the various foods I ate for the past couple of weeks, along with all the rest I was getting, helped out. I got mad at Mark the other day when he gave me a hard time about attending one of my Livestrong sessions at the YMCA. I know he is only trying to protect me, and there are so many illnesses going around, but I also need to keep active.
It will feel weird not going on our little weekly dates up to Milwaukee. I am really going to miss all of the wonderful people at Froedtert that helped me along the way.