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Cure Magazine

Early on in my breast cancer journey I heard about a free magazine for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers called “cure.” I received my first issue around the time I had my 2nd chemo treatment in early June and I found this magazine to be so helpful in understanding more about cancer. Today I received this issue and I wish I had this early on….there is some great information in this issue for newly diagnosed cancer patients.

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How Different Subtypes of Breast Cancer Are Treated: Before choosing a therapy, doctors need to know what’s fueling the cancer

This is an excellent article about Hormone Therapy, the next step for me in fighting breast cancer. I am meeting with my oncologist at the end of January to discuss my options.

“What I Wish People Would Stop Telling Me About Breast Cancer”

I found this article earlier today and some of it rings true in my case but some of it doesn’t. Either way, I know that people mean well and that this is a very uncomfortable subject normally, let alone when someone you know and love is going through this terrible journey. I have people that I wish I would hear from, but have not, and while it is painful for them to stay silent, I understand and I forgive them…..I just hope that they do not have regrets later. I don’t want any of my family or friends taking this article personally either….trust me, if you have said something that upset me, I let you know immediately, so if you don’t remember having that kind of conversation with me, don’t worry about it. 💕

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Taxol

The second part of my chemotherapy treatments consists of 12 treatments of Taxol. I started Taxol on July 18th and this time around the treatments are every week until October 8th. So, by the time I finish chemo in October I will have had a total of 16 treatments between all three drugs over a time period of almost 5 months….that is a long time when you look at it that way.

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Adriamycin, Cytoxan & Neulasta

The first part of my chemotherapy treatments was a double dose of two drugs…..Adriamycin & Cytoxan. I started treatment on May 23rd, the day after my 15th wedding anniversary, and had 4 treatments every other week until July 5th. I had a Neulasta shot after each treatment and my blood was tested on my weeks off to monitor my white blood cell count.

As with most of the things I have been going through during this journey, I have had friends ask me a lot of questions about various things like side effects, my experiences with the drugs, my limitations at certain times of treatment, etc…. I can only speak for the information I have benn given by my oncologist and what I have found online, but those questions and a dear friend, brought me to the idea of writing this blog and sharing as much as I am comfortable with so that I can help friends, family, anyone reading this blog, more informed about breast cancer.

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