Chemo 101

We received my diagnosis on Thursday December 12, 2013, and in what felt like a crazy whirlwind, started chemo on Tuesday December 17th.  We anticipate four to six cycles. Each cycle is three weeks long, and the chemo takes place on Tuesdays (so far):

Week ONE: Long chemo. I spend about three and a half hours at the hospital receiving two chemo drugs by IV. The longer of the drugs is really tough on the kidneys, so I drink lots of fluids to help protect my body. I take loads of anti-nausea meds, and so far they are working really well! For this I am very grateful!

Week TWO: Short chemo.  I get the quicker of the two chemo meds, which takes only about an hour or an hour and a half.

Week THREE: No chemo.  Which is good, because at this point in the cycle I tend to be really tired and my bone marrow is wiped out of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets, which renders me rather vulnerable.

Cycle ONE:

  • Dec. 17: Long
  • Dec. 24: Short
  • Dec. 31: Off

Cycle TWO:

  • Jan. 7: Long
  • Jan. 14: Short
  • Jan. 21: Off

Cycle THREE:

  • Jan. 28 (scheduled): Long
  • Feb. 4 (scheduled): Short
  • Feb. 11 (scheduled): Off

2 thoughts on “Chemo 101

  1. oh Dear Jill…I’m sorry you have to go through such a valley. We WILL be praying with you ;with your family and friends. Trusting in Jesus’ strength… love, in Christ, Christine

  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Jill. I know it’s not easy on you but I trust the Lord will carry you through it all. Love your blog and I can’t wait to read more! xx

    James 1: 2-4

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