Ladies and Gentlemen...in our left corner is the creepy, sneaky, no good "C word"....and in our right corner, weighing in at...(nice try, still not going to reveal that much!) is the fierce, Irish, stubborn, red-headed Meghan Kathleen Malley!!!
Round one of chemo has been completed and I think it's safe to say, I came out on top! To catch you up to speed after the last post...Mike, my mom, Doug, and I met with Dr. F on Thursday morning to discuss the latest turn of events...the dreaded positive spinal biopsy. This is definitely a game changer since my cancer has metastasized so we needed to discuss goals, treatment options, side effects, expected outcomes...all that super fun stuff. After some discussion, we decided to continue full steam ahead with the most aggressive plan which includes some tough chemo drugs for the next 5 months, most likely followed by a double mastectomy, radiation, reconstruction, and hormone therapy. I will most likely have some radiation to my spine thrown in the mix too, depending on my symptoms and if I am in a lot of pain. This entire plan could change at any time depending on how I respond, what my imaging results look like, how I am feeling, etc. So, my first round of chemo started right away yesterday morning after talking with Dr. F.
My port was accessed successfully and my blood can now be drawn through there (I swear, I heard my veins cheer a big, "Thank You!"), and my chemo drugs can be administered through the port as well. Dr. F, the clinic nurses, and the chemo infusion nurses were all great! Super friendly, compassionate, and caring which made the entire process much easier. I am going to be seeing a lot of them from now on, so I am glad we are all on track to becoming BFF's ;)
Of course I wanted to document the day through pictures - must have looked like a huge weirdo to everyone else as I excitedly said, "oh yay chemo! take my picture!" I know it might sound bizarre, but all of us felt so relieved and truly excited to start chemo. Who would have thought a few short weeks ago, that I would be so thrilled to start pumping toxic chemicals throughout my body that will not only kill bad cells, but also a tremendous amount of my good ones! We were just so fearful that Dr. F would not want to be as aggressive as we did, and it feels so good to know that I am truly waging war on these monstrous little demon cells now!
Chemo Day #1 Posse...how can you have a bad day when you are looking at these three smiling faces? Isn't the one in the blue so handsome?....hands off ladies, he's taken!
So, my first chemo treatment went great - no complaints. I actually found out that there are four of us receiving chemo on Thursday's that are all Dr. F's patients, and all have breast cancer, and we are all under the age of 35! So crazy. One of those other women was there when I was and was willing to chat with me. It was so great to talk to her - she is awesome, optimistic, and upbeat! We talked for over a half hour or so and it felt so nice to have someone to relate to that was my age. She is receiving the same regimen of drugs that I am and she is two treatments ahead of me, so she could offer a lot of advice and heads up on how I may feel. I loved having the chance to talk to her and I immediately feel better knowing there will be a familiar face receiving chemo with me on Thursday's!
After "Chemo Land", as Dr. F jokingly calls it, we went to lunch and ran a few other errands which ultimately revealed to be a little too much for post-chemo Day 1. I have come to realize that the true Meghan fashion of running around and doing a million things at once is not always possible at this point. Needless to say, I was exhausted for the remainder of the day and stayed in bed. Today I have felt great, aside from just general fatigue.
Luckily, I have the most amazing caregiver in town..and the cutest too! I can get through ANYTHING with this guy by my side ♥
This afternoon, I met with a wonderful friend that I went to school with since we were in the first grade. Unfortunately, she has been battling cancer for 12 years. I knew right away after I was diagnosed that it would bring me great comfort and insight to talk with her. We chatted away today for 3 1/2 hours and it was just what I needed! I can't thank you enough for all of your guidance, words of wisdom, and support as I join this club with you - although no one wants to be a member, I am grateful to have you on my team as I embark on this journey!
I am looking forward to another wonderful weekend ahead - this crumby disease can't ruin my social life :) All but one of my wonderful Beauts will be home for Easter weekend (we'll miss ya Jen!) and we are all getting together tomorrow night. Sunday will be spent celebrating Easter with the fam, and I couldn't be happier to see many of my aunts, uncles, and cousins!
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. As always, thank you for your constant outpouring of love and support for myself, and my family! It truly means so much to all of us and we can't thank you enough!
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