I just completed my 10th round of chemotherapy yesterday - Oct. 21st! That means I've completed 4 rounds of AC and 6 rounds of Taxol. The Taxol has been SO much easier than AC. I still have heartburn, my eyebrows and lashes have thinned a lot, and my memory continues to give me problems, but the exhaustion that I had with AC is gone! I get chemo every Friday now & I'm pretty beat that day, but I'm not losing a day or two like I was with AC. I'm very eager to get chemo over with but also anxious about the next step.
I have met with my breast surgeon and learned a little more about what the plans for surgery are. I also met with my plastic surgeon & learned about what my options are for reconstruction. Assuming I'm able to finish out the next 6 weeks of Taxol with no complications, I will be done with chemo on Dec. 2nd. I will get the rest of Dec. off with no treatments or procedures. I will have my first of three surgeries the first week of Jan (possibly as early as the 2nd). That is where I will have a bilateral mastectomy - removal of both of my breasts. The breast surgeon will perform that and then my plastic surgeon will take over & begin reconstruction immediately. He will place two expanders under my chest muscle. These expanders allow them to add fluid slowly to stretch my skin for the permanent implant & allow me to have radiation before the second surgery to swap the expander out with a silicone implant. Radiation can make the silicone implant hard & mess reconstruction up so I don't have that second breast surgery until radiation is over & my skin has healed. I meet the radiation oncologist the first week of November so I expect to know more about radiation then. Sometime after that I will also have a hysterectomy since the BRCA2 gene means I have a higher risk of ovarian cancer &, since we are done having children, they recommend I have that third surgery 6 months to a year after I'm done with everything else.
Aside from my nervousness about surgery, things are going well. I've only missed one day of work throughout this & I'm pretty proud of that. My friends & family continue to give me encouragement & I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.