Chemo Update for Number Six

Hello everyone! I hope all is well with you. It’s been awhile since I’ve given an update on my chemo journey. Therefore, I’m back today to fill everyone in. My doctor cancelled my sixth treatment due to the fact that I have some numbness in my toes and fingers. After talking with my friend from Gilda’s club, I spoke to my doctor and let him know that I was concerned. He recommended that we cancel the treatment and then lower the dose. So instead of bi-weekly visits, I’ll be doing weekly visits. My friend from Gilda’s had to do the same thing and she said that the weekly chemo treatments were tolerable. The only bad thing is that it puts me out a week longer on my timeline.

There have also been some emotional side effects that didn’t occur until the second half. I’m not sure why that is, I’m guessing that being sick is wearing me down and causing some anxiety. I seem to worry about everything whether it warrants it or not. I’ve spoken to my doctor and he has prescribed some medication. All we can do is see if it works.

I also had some sort of infection and the doctor prescribed an antibiotic for me. I didn’t even know I was sick, I figured I felt lousy because of the chemo. So a word to the wise don’t get lackadaisical about checking your temperature. When the nurse informs you to check it every day, do it.

One last note for everyone, the fatigue is still hanging around. I have this fear that it won’t go away although everyone assures me that it does. 🙂 It might take me a while to get back into the swing of things. I hope it doesn’t take long. I know it’s different for everyone, but I hope I have a speedy recovery. Anybody else have any thoughts on that?

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. I appreciate your taking the time and if you could leave a few words of encouragement, I’d greatly appreciate it!

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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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30 Responses to Chemo Update for Number Six

  1. Janie Bergeron says:

    I pray for you each and everyday! Sending love!

  2. sharonledwith says:

    Hang in there, GF! My brother went through 6 chemo aggressive treatments this year, and had the numbness in fingers and feet. The chemo killed the tumors in his lungs, and the doc says the numbness will pass. Take all the time you need to heal and feel better. This too shall pass. Above all, keep positive. Sounds like you’ve got a great support system around you. If you need any help with promo on your books, let me know. Hugs and be well!

  3. swlothian says:

    Keep your chin up, Lisa. It’s a tough road, stay positive and think of all the great things you’ll do once treatment is complete.

  4. Gwen Gardner says:

    Hey Lisa, you hang in there. You’re going to get through this. I’m praying for you 💜

  5. Linda says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Lisa! Thinking of you and sending my best vibes your way for strength and energy as you pull through this fatigue and struggle.

  6. ProteanMom says:

    Hang in there! And yes, check that temperature every day! 🙂

    Fevers and cancer don’t mix well. Prayers and thoughts headed your way.

  7. Mary says:

    Hang in there, cancer is exhausting but you will get through it.

  8. Sending hugs and prayers to you and your family

  9. templehogan says:

    Hi Lisa. Didn’t know you were having problems. Will sure say prayers for you. I’ve loved the covers on your books and will read the new series my next trip to Amazon. You sound very brave in meeting this head on and I wish you the best. Hope to see you at writer’s group again soon. xoxo

  10. My prayers are with you.

  11. I hope your fever goes away, and that the rest of the treatments go marvelously! Sending out prayers! 😀

  12. You are really inspiring! Wishing you fast healing and to feel better with regard to the side effects…

  13. Teresa VanSprange says:

    Thinking of you and praying for you Lisa. You are so strong and courageous! You can beat this. Thanks for sharing your journey.

  14. Elaina Lee says:

    Hugs, love and prayers, Lisa!!! 🙂

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