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Chemo Round One:  Kandas 1, Bertha 0

Battling Bertha Round 1 by Shane Rodarte
Battling Bertha Round 1 by Shane Rodarte

Round one of Chemo lasted almost 10 hours.  I felt great, a little bored and restless, but in good spirits for the most part.  I was given some pre-meds that included steroids, anti-nausea and antacid.  Then, Nurse Christie and team began the chemo drips.

My cocktail includes Docetaxel, Carboplatin and Herceptin

  • Docetaxel is synthesized to mimic the extract from the bark of the rare Pacific yew tree which natives used for centuries to heal wounds.  It interrupts cell division.
  • Carboplatin is platinum-based and inhibits cell repair at the DNA level.
  • Herceptin interferes HER2 protein reception.  Since Bertha is HER2 recpetive, this is an important ingredient in the cocktail.  It is also the most potent.

Shane was with me the entire time.  He was able to capture the excitement of the 10 hour battle with his pencil and sketchbook.  I am stretched out in my best warrior pose!

I felt very good last night, but the steroids did keep me up until about 2 am.  I felt well-rested when I awoke at 7 am if a tad nauseous.

Chemo Friendly Foods

Chemo Friendly Foods
Chemo Friendly Foods

My oncologist, Dr. Ellent, made just two food recommendations:  no soy, no chicken.

It is common knowledge that soy is high is estrogen.  Estrogen is Bertha’s favorite food.  I’m all for starving Bertha, so no Soy!  What I didn’t know is that most chicken is fed estrogen, to encourage larger breast growth.  So, no chicken for me going forward.

It was recommended that I try some protein drinks for the days I don’t feel like eating solid food.  Well, solid food is not at all appealing to me today.

I was very discouraged when I went shopping for shakes that they all contained soy!

Then, I noticed Orgain, organic and soy free!  It contains 10 fruits and vegetables and has 16 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber.  What I like about it is that it drinks like chocolate milk.  Not at all chalky.

I need to keep feeding my body electrolytes so I don’t get dehydrated but most of those sports drinks contain lots of sugar.  Mio Fit tastes great and provides both electrolytes and Vitamin B12.

Finally, Premium Round Saltines.  They fit in my mouth better than a square and they are whole grain for extra fiber.  I wish they came wrapped in sleeves like square saltines rather than dumped into the box.  I guess that’s what baggies are for.

To help with the nausea I have been slathering peppermint essential oil on my belly.  An extra perk is that I smell great!

My favorite source for essential oils is Cassia Aromatics.   Owner, Kelly Taylor, a certified Herbalist and Aromatherapist, knows her stuff and can help you find the right oils and blends for your needs.  She is very knowledgable.

My teeth feel a little weak, so I made a mouth rinse with 1 cup water, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon sea salt and 3 drops of Cassia Aromatics Grave Robbers blend to keep my mouth clean.

Overwhelming Support

Inspirational Gifts from SendOutCards
Inspirational Gifts from SendOutCards

Since making our public announcement just a few days ago, we have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from friends and family.

I could have kept this battle private, but there is power in an army, and my army has rallied to my side!  For which, I am both humbled and grateful.

Two years ago I made one of the best decisions of my life.  I joined SendOutCards.

SendOutCards is a greeting card and gift company.  The products and company culture make you feel good.  It feels good to share and receive the products.   This attracts generous, loving, gracious people to become independent distributors, like me.

In the mail today, I found two boxes.  The first is from Diane Walker, she sent a book for me to read during chemo sessions.  Ben Fitts, sent the Fight Like a Girl Card and a bracelet covered with inspirational messages.  I didn’t know Diane or Ben 2 years ago.  Now they are part of my family…  and my army.

I have already won this battle.

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