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FingerI was surprised today when I came into get my blood levels checked and meet with the doc to learn that my last chemo was scheduled to immediately follow.  It certainly was smart to wait a week since I seem to have a lot more energy and I didn’t have to go through any of my usual ‘night before’ angst.  The most problematic thing right now is the peripheral neuropathy in the feet and hands, and it looks like a sure thing that I may lose many of my nails. It ain’t pretty…and it hurts.  It’s amazing how many things you can’t do without the use of your fingers. But then again, I will get a whole new set at some point, and maybe they will come back better than ever.  So, everybody is telling me that I am through the worst of it because I’ve pretty much gotten all the side effects I am going to get from the chemo.  That’s a good thing, since I think I got all of them!  Now I am hoping that food will start to taste normal again; my hair will start to grow back, the pain in my feet and hands will subside; the reflux will go back to its regular amount.  I have to wait until July to have the stents removed from my eyes – and at some point I am going to have to finish that nasty root canal.  But basically, I am taking the next three weeks off to get some strength back.  Then it’s on to 7 weeks of radiation and infusions of Herceptin every three weeks. No more steriods, no more Neulasta.  I just have to get through the next three weeks of intestinal tsunamis and earthquakes from today’s concoction and I am hoping that much of the next six months of treatment should be tiring at the worst and annoying at best.  So, I’m just gonna say it:  chemo – I nail it.

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