Chemo 2010: Day 1

Last night, we cleaned up the supper dishes, took the towels out of the dryer, and helped the children with their showers. Then we all put on pjs, climbed into the big bed to watch cartoons together, and I took my first three chemotherapy pills. My husband put his arm around me and said, “Thank you. Thank you for doing this for our family.”

and we all snuggled, watching Tom and Jerry discover silly green aliens on Mars while we waited for my body to react to the chemo pills.

This morning’s routine was not nearly as much of a ritual, squeezed in between showers and timed after breakfast and before we got distracted by the children’s needs.

So far, so good. I’m not reacting violently to the xeloda, which is fantastic. My oncologist says that we’ll know how I respond after a week, in terms of side effects, and after three weeks, in terms of white blood counts (that fight infection) and liver counts (which can be damaged by the treatment). So today I rest, and watch, and pick blackberries from the garden with the children.

My body now has the tools to fight the cancer.

Six pills down, 498 to go.

(I promise not to blog every pill. This is just new to me, and I want to remember how it all started. Thanks for bearing with me, and for your lovely comments. I try to comment back and visit your blog in return, but if it takes a few days, please forgive me!)


27 Responses to Chemo 2010: Day 1

  1. I have been lurking for months and silently cheering for you, but wanted to wish you strength and as few side effects as possible as you go through chemo. Here’s to this being quick and painless and you being cancer-free again very soon!

  2. Spruce Hill says:

    I am glad it went so well! Keep up the god work! 🙂

  3. Dawniemom says:

    I’d read even if you did chronicle every pill, Susan. I hope they all go smoothly, and know that you’re in my thoughts.

  4. Pulling for you every step of the way and through every pill…

  5. I agree with Dawn and Maureen, I’ll be reading no matter how many pills you blog about. Glad the first day went well!

  6. I’m hoping your side effects are negligable and any cancer cells that may be lurking get the shit kicked out of them.

    Cheering you on.

  7. C. Mom says:

    6 down is a good start! I am hoping, along with everyone else, that your side effects are few…. And really, even if you did write about every pill…I would read.

  8. carosgram says:

    Blog every pill! It helps me understand and to feel part of the fight. Thinking of you and wishing you the best

  9. Amelie says:

    I hope they treat you ok, those pills, and give the cancer cells hell. And if it helps you, by all means, blog about all of them 🙂

  10. *m* says:

    You go, girl. Rooting for you every day.

  11. Sunday says:

    Sending you many cancer cell-chomping prayers that the Chemo kicks their butt and obliterates them!

  12. Jane says:

    498 to go! Your army is rooting for you!

  13. Janine Davis says:

    Many prayers and much love being sent your way from Robert and me.

  14. Kristen says:

    We love you. You can blog every single pill.

  15. Stacey says:

    I became a big fan after you delivered one of the keynotes at BlogHer ’10 (and I shared your recommendation of the LympheDivas Armsleeves with my mom, who is now 6+ years cancer-free!) and I’m now a devoted reader of you blog! Thanks so much for fighting the good fight and shining your beautiful light in the world!

  16. Mama Echo says:

    Sending lots of love and good thoughts your way.

  17. Christy says:

    I haven’t visited here in a very, very long time! Too long that is for sure. You have always been such a wonderful inspiration, and powerful demonstration of strength…that hasn’t changed at all.

    Congrats on 6 down! Sending you lots of love and prayers!

  18. wow chemo pills – that would be a whole lot more convenient than driving in for the infusions like I’m doing. Hope it goes well!

    Best wishes.

  19. Patty says:

    Praying for you

  20. Andrea says:

    One step… one pill… at a time. And so it goes… until they’re all gone.

    Prayers coming your way, as they always are.

    Peace upon your house & heart~ Andrea

  21. Kate @ upsidebackwards says:

    Oh, your husband’s comment brought a tear to my eye. You have such a lovely family, and they are certainly worth fighting for! I am so so glad that you’re not reacting violently to the drug. Long may that continue, may the liver damage be negligible and the damage to the cancer cells total and final. Lots of love to you four.

  22. elesha says:

    So lovely that your husband said thankyou. As a mum you will do just about anything for your family. I hope very much that you dont react badly in anyway shape or form to these drugs. Stranger things have happend right?

  23. Stimey says:

    Blog every pill if you have to. And I have my fingers crossed for no harsh side effects for you. You have to catch a break sometime, right? Big love to you and your family!

  24. Karen says:

    With you all the way,Warrior Whymommy! Thinking of you and sending much love to you and your family. Karen

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  27. marty says:

    Oh my heart. I love your husband so very much.

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