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.