Launching The 3rd Battle Against Cancer

The 3rd regimen started with two antibody drugs, Herceptin, an IV drug, and Tykerb, pills.  Tykerb has to be taken on an empty stomach, but because it may cause fatigue; I was advised to take it after dinner.


According to the oncologist  there are different regimens with 3-6pills of Tykerb, but my dose is 5 pills/day.  I had to wait for 5 days to receive this as it came from a different state.

Dr. Glaspy told me to pray that diarrhea, a side effect, would be tolerable.  Preparing an anti-diarrhea medicine, I hope my digestive system is strong enough to consume those pills.

During taking Tykerb, I have to avoid grapefruit.  I was drinking some juice made of carrots, apples, and a grapefruit, which had more vitamin C than oranges, almost every day, but from now on probably I have to use lemons instead of grapefruits.

The radiation therapy will start on the 27th.  I wish I could start tomorrow, but this was the earliest day I can get.

I have to drive to a Kaiser on Sunset Blvd for the radiation 5 days/wk for 5 weeks, though there is a free shuttle service because I begged for the earliest scheduling.    This will be a little tough while the gas price is going up, but I can’t afford to risk my life waiting too long for the radiation.

Last night I noticed a lump getting bigger again under my arm as well as my left upper arm getting tight and swollen.  The lump may be a fluid collection, but this is eerie.  On top of that, concerned that I may have lymphedema, I was probably nervous: Positive imaging, diaphragm breathing, and even prayers couldn’t help me sleep, so I decided to get up and e-mail to my oncologist.

Kindly she ordered the ultrasound to make sure no blood clots were there, and then referred me to physical therapy with a special sleeve.

Being attacked preemptively by the cancer, I remember a story of David and Goliath.

Goliath, a giant warrior, intimidated a little shepherd, David, like a cat cornering a mouse.

Yet David said, “ You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord Almighty-the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied … And everyone will know that the Lord does not need weapons to rescue his people.  It is his battle, not ours,” (Samuel 17:47)  and he killed Goliath with a slingshot.

Just like David, my battle against breast cancer is also God’s battle—I am telling and encouraging myself.

3 thoughts on “Launching The 3rd Battle Against Cancer

  1. Hi Kathy,
    Lymphedema has been noted in my last two MRIs. We are all different but my edema is only slightly painful. I was told to exercise and have gotten back into yoga. I surmise that exercise keeps the fluid circulating in a beneficial way. So, if you should have some lymphedema developing, I hope that it will be as easy on you as mine. The best would be for you to not have it at all!
    I am hoping so earnestly that Tykerb plus radiation will cure you of this terrible disease.
    Love and more love!

  2. Iam just amassed at your courage and positive position with this event in your life. Please know we pray for you often. Give George a hug for me, and tell him to give you a hug too. 🙂
    Be Blessed as you Seek HIM

  3. Kathy, I have read and reread your blogs and I don’t know if I could ever have the strength that you have during this whole ordeal. You are one amazing woman and your faith is like none that I have ever seen in anyone else. I know you will , , beat this and with all the thoughts and prayers coming your way there is no way you won’t. With love to you and George remember you are in our prayers always. Love, Aunt Pat

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