Almost Done!!

It is about time! With the couple of setbacks with low white blood cells, the treatments have been pushed out a couple of times. I will go in for shots next week of Leukine, which causes the bone marrow to produce more white blood cells. Providing the shots do what they should, and they have in the past, my last 2 day treatment should be the 7-8 of August. I am so looking forward to being done it is not even funny. In general, though I have done okay, I feel lousy constantly, only feeling good about 2 days before the next treatment starts. I have developed what is called “Peripheral Neuropathy”, which is basically my hands and feet are constantly numb. This is a side effect of the chemo, and it could be temporary or permanent. Unfortunately, whether it is temp or perm remains to be seen, as it can take up to 5 months or longer after treatment ends to know for sure according to the doc. The end of the treatments are near, so sometime near the end of August I should start feeling good again, after the general effects wear off, and am hoping the numbness disappears as well. I have found that it takes about 3-4 weeks for me to feel “right” again after treatments, this found out when I had my first white blood cell break. Honestly, I am looking forward to being able to enjoy life again, as this has been a very rough year. Every time I turn around it has been something, though I have persevered so far, it has been very disheartening. I do know I am winning this battle, and I really do hope I do not have to wage this war again, though if I do, it will be with the same outlook, and I will win. My travel plans are all on hold for the moment, between the medical bills and the numbness. I will keep everyone posted as I know more!

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2 Responses to Almost Done!!

  1. Debbie DeRenard says:

    Awesome! This is great news!!!! My first visit to your blog – Thank you for sharing your experience.

  2. Sandi Keefe says:

    I’m so happy that you’re approaching the finish line, with regard to your Chemo, Eric … your final treatments will fall almost on my birthday! Since that’s the case, my birthday wish for you is to finally feel hale and hearty, healthy and whole again and that you’ll continue to feel that way for the next 50 years or so 🙂 You’re in our thoughts and in our hearts, today and always! We’re sending all good vibes and much love your way — Sandi, Gary and Ronnie

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