The Dirty Dozen

I’m pretty jazzed about the name I’ve come up with for my last chemotherapy regimen. 12 Rounds of Taxol = The Dirty Dozen. I had my first round yesterday, which means I’ve only got 11 more to go! I just hope the rounds that follow go a little smoother.

I was about 5-10 minutes into my infusion when all of a sudden, I felt off. I had to sit up, my heart felt like it was working so hard to beat, my face was hot, my hands were tingly and I was chilled. I was honestly scared, but with some deep breathing and some amazing nurses coming to check on me, it subsided and I was able to finish my infusion. Scary, right?! Wait, there is more!

I think I mentioned before all the side effects that come with Taxol, but in case I didn’t here they are:

  • Arthralgia and Myalgia- muscle and joint pain
  • Peripheral neuropathy- numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
  • Low blood counts
  • Continued hair loss- Goodbye eyelashes and eyebrows
  • Discoloration of the nail beds
  • Edema- swelling of the feet or ankles
  • Mouth sores

Fun right? Of course there is also the usual chemotherapy side effects like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea! But I don’t have any of those symptoms today. I am feeling good, but I’ve got this mentality… ACT THE WAY YOU WANT TO FEEL. I want to feel good, so I will feel good. I choose to manifest wellness.

Until I start feeling those side effects you’ll catch me doing what I love (besides being a wife, mom and friend) running, chasing goals and getting better at my practice. Today, I managed to run 2.5 miles! Not a marathon, but that’s ok. I felt so good afterwards, thank you runner’s high, that I thought why not push myself a little more. So for those of you familiar with yoga, you probably know that one of the most difficult poses is the Crow Pose, well it is for me at least. It’s been so long since I’ve done any yoga, but today, I thought why not! My form definitely isn’t what it used to be, but that’s ok.

“Did you make progress? Did you apply effort to learn and grow as it relates to what you want? It doesn’t matter how small; progress is all you’re after.” – Marie Forleo

I have goals and dreams that are still unmet and many of them have been put on hold, thanks cancer, but I’m still making progress. I’m still training. I’m still climbing. I’m one step closer to being an OVERCOMER.

Lookout Rainbow Mountain, I’m coming for you.

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