This week I went in for my second round of AC Chemo, known as “The Red Devil”. This is the most common chemo for patients with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. It gets its nickname because of the dark red color and the harsh side effects. I thought I’d share how my week has been so far.
Day 1: Chemo day. Getting chemo takes about 5 hours total so when I go I pack a bag. I always bring mints, ginger chews, a few snacks & water plus something to keep me occupied. So far, both chemo days have been good days for me.
Day 2: 24 hours after my infusion I return to the hospital for a shot of Neulasta. It is used as a booster to increase my white blood cell counts, Both times I’ve gotten this I feel pretty good on day 2 but am usually ready for for an afternoon nap.
Day 3: This is my tired day, and the day when nausea can start. So far I have been lucky that nausea hasn’t been much of a problem. I wear Sea Bands on days 3-5 and they really work well! This week I spent all of day 3 in bed, just resting. I have been able to eat well and I’m finding if I eat every couple of hours I feel better.
Day 4: Today I woke up feeling really good. I was able to get out of the house for an hour with Chris and run some errands. Riding in the Jeep makes anyone feel better.
Day 5: The highlight of my week. I took it easy all day so that I can attend a very special wedding. I am feeling so self conscious about going bald-headed, so I’ve done my make up and bought myself a pretty new dress with fun chunky earrings! Good food, great friends and some dancing made for the perfect evening. I didn’t dance much, but to even feel well enough to attend was good enough for me.