Thursday, July 2, 2009

Waiting Game...

So treatment #1 down, 11 more to go! 3 more of the bad ones (A/C 2 drug combo), and then I will have weekly Taxol shots for 8 weeks. It feels good to have one over and done with! But now a waiting game... waiting to see if, when or how I react. Typically these side effects start about 3 to 4 days after treatment. So I wait, to see if and how I react, let's hope not too bad. I sat next to a girl who said she didn't have too much nausea was just very tired and some mouth sores. She also had most of her eyebrows! LOL I don't know why but that made me happy!

Here is a pic during treatment, I have a great one of everything with drip and nurse but that is being held hostage in my camera, I will put it up shortly.

Details of Treatment 1: well I went in today extremely nervous. I was worried about so many things and mostly the unknown of how it was going to effect me and would it hurt going in. Well once they started it it was great. Nothing hurt! in fact I am even more so excited that we decided to get the port put in. It makes it SO much easier and less painful this way. A woman also getting her treatment with out the port had a terrible time and they had to try a few times to get the vein in place, I felt sad for her but grateful I had a port. So after they stuck the needle into the port I sat there for about 2 hours getting different meds. First the nausea med mixed with steroids dripped for about 20mins, then the “red drug” Adriamycin, it looks like cool aid, and that one only takes about 10 minutes, then finally Cytoxan for about an hour or more. Drip drip drip, that is what I waited for. It was a busy day there today so I met a lot of other people, every chair was taken, and every person was cheerful and willing to give me tips. The gal sitting next to me, was finishing her Taxol treatment, she was having the same drug combo as me. She gave me multiple tips and recommendations on stores and such. Best part she already knew me! She is a friend of a friend (Kristie) so funny how we sat right next to each other today.  So I left feeling much happier than when I arrived, and now we wait! I hoping and praying my side effects are minimal. I would hate spending the 4th with my head in the toilet, although I think I did this a few times in my college days!

The “red drug”


Things to be positive for, although I am beginning a dramatic medical treatment I still have quite a few things to be thankful for.

They are:
- Cancer is officially is on the offensive team and will not win! I am one step closer to getting rid of this. DE-FENSE! <clap, clap, clap>
- We found out today that I do NOT have the BRAC2 gene! Which is GREAT news, because if I did re-occurrence would have been more likely in my future and may have needed a double mastectomy to reduce the re-occurrence! YAY
- I am happy to have a port for easy use.
- I am grateful to have people around me, even it is 5 people accompanying me to my first appt. LOL Some people show up alone, and that would be hard for me.
- We have 11 eggs turning into embryo’s as I type, so technically we are officially parents! LOL
- People’s generosity has been amazing, dinner, flowers, thoughts, sweet emails or texts you name I receive it! So you wonder why I am so positive it’s hard not to be! Everyone keeps telling me how wonderful/strong/inspiring I am… It’s about time you all noticed! ha-ha JUST kidding!
- Right beside me my entire treatment were Connie’s Cowboy Cookies! and it’s not even Christmas, she needs her own cookie biz (watch out Mrs. Fields!)
- I am also Thankful to all my wedding guests who are patiently waiting for their “Thank you’s” I am hoping to get to those soon. <bad bride!>
- I received our wedding video today! YAY!
- I received a slideshow of some wedding photos LOVE them click here to check out my photographer’s blog for sneak peaks and a link to our slideshow.
- and finally, I am happy to have Manny he really is my soul mate/love of my life! he this has already made our marriage strong and us closer.

So please remember to kiss/hug/love someone you love today! They deserve to know it and so do you!

Kelly Freitas- Cancer Killing Extraordinaire!


Monica the Bride said...

Kelly, I am glad your first treatment went well. My mom, Daniel, and I were all thinking of you, and we're so happy you got 1 down. That's one step closer to kicking this cancer in the butt. If you need anything from Texas, please let us know. I know a place that makes 5-pound cinnamon rolls! I'll stick one in the mail. :-P


<3 Loo Hoo <3 said...

Hey Kelly, I hope your side effects are minimal and you feel fantastic for the fourth.

I just wanted to give you a success story. I know sometimes it is encouraging to hear them.

My mom also got breast cancer very young. The chemo process def wasn't fun, but she is going to be 50 this year and is cancer free!!!!

So get the chemo out of the way and then you guys can go on to raise your little frozen babies :)

I also really admire you for donating the embryos. Giving someone the ability to have a child is probably the biggest gift you can give.

Stacy said...

Yes! One down! Double yes for not haveing the gene! Triple yes for little Freitas babies!

Hollister Sutton Family said...

Just in case info. coming from someone who puked for three months with each preg. use the sink not the toilet. the garbage disposal is your friend:)But lets pray it doesn't come down to this until you are a prego. Love the update and the smile on your face in all the photos!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you have your first treatment over! My heart did a little flip flop when I saw the "red devil", Here is a funny little story for you, Russ my husband, Stacy's dad, was told to make sure I drank lots of water, he went to the store and bought me flavored vitamin water, the water was the same red/pink color of the chemo drug, so I threw up at the sight of it. It is funny now to remember the silly things that happen. I will tell you about my one eyelash another time. I can't wait to tell you about all of the wigs Russ bought me, he bought me a blonde wig, that I donated the very next day! I never had the mouth sores, but others I know did, plain yogurt realy helped coat the sores. Keep Smiling Sweetie! Sending my love, Sandy, Stacy's Mom.

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