Second Round of Chemo

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m back today with the second round of chemo under my belt. I was a little anxious because I’ve been told that the side effects grow worse each time you have a treatment.

I spoke with the nurse about this and she told me that the only side effect that gets worse is the fatigue. Well, fatigue I can handle, it’s the nausea that gets to me and since there’s the wonderful anti-nausea medication, I feel like I’m good to go.

Since I’ve had one treatment, I know what to expect. For example, in my concoction of chemo drugs there’s a steroid that makes sleeping difficult. Now that I know this, I’ve been able to prepare for that and take something that’ll help me sleep.

The biggest difference between the first and second chemo is the loss of hair. I was hoping that I could bypass this side effect somehow, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. I started noticing my hair coming out in tiny clumps when I was in the shower a day before my second treatment.

After my second treatment, it came out in huge clumps. When I brushed it, there were even bigger clumps stuck in my brush. I’m not bald yet, but it’s only a matter of time.

I expected it and prepared for it, but it’s not a happy moment to say the least.

There are some positive effects to this event in my life. I know what you’re thinking, how can this be? Well, first and foremost I’ll have my life back in just four months.  According to my oncologist, I’ll be cured. The cancer won’t come back. That’s a big positive in my book.

However, there’s more to it than that. It’s brought my family closer. Hubby and the boys are more attentive and we appreciate each other’s company more than we did before. It’s hard to explain, but there’s a tenderness there that wasn’t present before.

I also have a  lot of support. I have a long line of strong women in my family, both on my mom and dad’s side. So it’s nice to have these women rally around me and offer their support.

Speaking of support, I have to mention my friend from Gilda’s club. Her name is Ginger, and she has been a constant source of positive energy for me. She calmed my nerves when I found out I had to have chemo. She took the same drugs that I’m taking and she was very helpful because she shared her reaction to them. It really set my mind at ease.

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About Lisa Orchard

I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.
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19 Responses to Second Round of Chemo

  1. Melissa says:

    Thoughts and prayers come your way everyday. You are such a strong woman and you will kick this in the butt! If there is anything at all – no matter how small or big, I’m here and will do whatever I can to help. You’ll build a friendship with those who share your chemo days and the staff too and it’s amazing the support in that setting. Keep up the fight, show it who is the boss…….. everyone deserves a lifetime. ♥♥

  2. Sue pelfrey says:

    Lisa what kind of canser do you have myy
    Thoughts are with you

  3. Thinking of you my lovely – I have a few friends who are unfortunately going through the same thing at the minute – stay strong!!!

  4. sharonledwith says:

    Hugs, Lisa! You’ve realized that in every sorrow or adversity contains the seed of an equivalent benefit which you can nurture into a blessing. Your family’s support is only one blessing. I’ll keep my positive thoughts flowing to you!

  5. Sara Stinson says:

    Thinking and praying for you each day! So happy you have a wonderful and supporting family and great women to circle and embrace you!

  6. Julie Gray says:

    Hang in there, Lisa! I’m in your corner! I’m enjoying your blog…hoping to read Gone Girl before I see the film, but probably won’t. Keep fighting like a girl, you got this!!

  7. KRRowe says:

    Hugs Lisa. You are so positive and sweet. I know that you’ll come through this and be even more awesome than ever.

  8. ProteanMom says:

    Hang in there, Lisa! Glad you’re staying positive and have such a great support system. 🙂 I’m sorry about your hair, but it may be an opportunity to try out some fun hats and wigs!

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