Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Chemo #1 - Complete

Today I had my very first chemotherapy session.

I'm happy to report that it was super easy. The nurse was so nice and helpful. The IV was painless. I had my own private room for the treatment where my mom and I read magazines (it was a like a spa). And I was done in two hours. Afterwards, my mom and I got lunch at True Food Kitchen. Yum!

Thank you to everyone who was praying for us today -- I feel like I'm starting my journey to beat this cancer on the right foot. There is a long journey ahead, but I'm really optimistic about my prognosis. I have to believe that hope and faith is coming from God and your prayers.

The nurse says 1-4 days after chemo I will feel more side effects from it (nausea, exhaustion, etc.) but I'm working on minimizing those with some good (safe) drugs, lots of Kangen water, and a healthy diet. So hopefully I will feel OK tomorrow and beyond.

I can feel our baby girl kicking around my belly right now (she's so cute!), so I think she's doing fine as well. Like I said before, the chemo drugs should not impact her at all. I'm having a few painless braxton-hicks contractions here and there, which of course freak me out, but I know they are nothing to worry about (normal for 27 weeks).

Oh also, today my oncologist explained his updated treatment plan to me with regards to the drugs. If everything goes according to plan this is what I'll do:
  • Today they gave me the chemo drugs Adriamycin and Cytoxan (A/C) and they will give those drugs to me 3 more times over the next 8 weeks.
  • Then I'll take a break in May/June to deliver the baby
  • Then I'll a few more rounds of the chemo drug Taxol in June/July. Taxol has not been proven safe in pregnancy so he did not want to risk giving it to me before delivery. 

Keep praying that the chemo works it's magic and clears out all the cancer and keep praying that baby girl stays put in her temporary home until I finish the chemo.  Love to you all!


  1. You are so strong! I'm glad today went well and I hope the future is just as seamless. I hope to see you soon, and know that you're on our mind. Love you!

  2. I am so glad your first session went well! And I'm even more happy that you feel optimistic right now. Continuing to pray for you and J.

    Oh! And so glad that wiggly baby girl is doing well. I am sure feeling her kicks and pinches helps to calm your nerves. She's growing and developing more each day!

  3. So glad things went well during your first treatment. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Missing you!!

  4. I've been thinking of you all day, Kirsten. Hope you're still up and about, your little girl is still making you happy, and the Neulasta shot is totally insignificant.

  5. Kirsten,

    Just want you to know that we are following your progress and sending our love each and every day. You go girl!

    Mike and Randi

  6. Sending you the very best wishes as you begin this part of your journey.

  7. Kirsten,

    Braxton-Hicks contractions did not occur for me with my first child, but I had them several times in the last two months of my pregnancy with Sarah. I even went to the hospital at 8 and 1/2 months sure I was about to deliver. I stayed 6 hours and went home--Sarah did not arrive until three weeks later. Oh, well. Go with the flow.

    Thinking of you and glad the first round went ok. Only three more chemos till a pause for Baby Girl Greer!

    Love you,