|Taxol, illustrated by Nate Lundstrom|
I am on two additional drugs, which I get infused every three weeks for the next 12 weeks. These are not technically chemotherapies, but rather, biological agents. One of these drugs is called Pertuzemab, and here is an illustration Nate made that to me just shouts out, "Hello, my name is Pertuzemab, and I'm here to eviscerate your cancer!"
|Pertuzemab, illustraed by Nate Lundstrom|
I do not yet have a clear image of Herceptin (Nate is working on a visual rendition of it, but it's not yet complete). However, it is a widely used biological agent that, like Pertuzemab, is targeted toward HER 2 Positive cancer. I will be getting Herceptin for a whole year, every three weeks. (To clarify, Nate drew the green one to be a general "cancer killer," but I named it Taxol. He did the second one at school, before my diagnosis, but I named it Pertuzemab.)
I have to say that while I have already had a wee bit of stomach upset last night caused by the Taxol, I love the idea of these nasty drugs coursing through my veins offing little cancer cells here and there assassination style. And the doctors have given me some anti-nausea medication should I need it. I woke up feeling engergized, and I also exercised, which is something I hope to continue during chemotherapy.
Both Craig and Mom came with me to my first chemo yesterday, so here are a couple of photos. (You'll note Grace is peeking out of my shirt pocket.) It seems weird to snap happy looking photos of chemotherapy, but again, I am feeling good about getting my treatment underway, and having both Craig and my mom there were really important. There were so many unknowns for me going into it, and having them there with me just made that infinitely easier emotionally. Also, mom brought me an awesome lox and cream cheese bagel sandwich and a smoothie from Einsteins! They say I'll begin losing my hair in a couple of weeks, so my next plan is to go get a short haircut to ease the transition to baldness, and to start acquiring a repertoire of hats. For now, it's time to begin grading a bunch of papers, comforted by the fact that Taxol, Pertuzemab, and Herceptin are beginning their important work!