Tuesday, May 6, 2008

the first 14 days, the next 14 days...

today was the last days of trish's first chemo cycle!
14 days in the books...

the day was celebrated by trish taking her last 3 cytoxan pills this morning, and taking caden to the doctor in the afternoon.

this past wednesday and thursday were probably trish's worst days since beginning chemo on april 22nd, nonetheless she was out of the house and keeping busy. trish knows there is a big line between staying active and overdoing it, so she takes some extra time to relax and/or sleep, but overall the chemo has been pretty good to her. we aren't naive to the fact subsequent treatments may be tougher, but the last 14 days have been better than we both imagined them to be.

so whats next.... well, not much for the next 14 days. they will be chemo free, pill free and (almost) doctor free.

trish's next chemo appt will be tuesday may 20th, and at this time she will begin her new chemo schedule of 4 times a month, rather than twice. this regimen will consist of a combination of taxol and herceptin, both by IV... no pills :)

taxol is a drug typically administered once a week, while herceptin is every three weeks. but since trish will go in weekly for the taxol, it has been decided she will get 1/4 doses of herceptin at this time as well. the doctors believe the smaller, more frequent doses will help curb the severity of the nausea and fatigue.

the potential side effects of these drugs include damaging the heart's ability to pump blood effectively. this isn't a huge concern in trish's situation, as she is young and the owner of a healthy heart. regardless, her heart will be closely monitored throughout this treatment cycle with frequent electrocardiograms (EKG). this friday trish will visit with the cardiologist to get a baseline EKG of her heart's health. this baseline will then be compared to future EKGs she will receive during the course of her treatment.

again we feel very fortunate trish is surrounded by very knowledgeable and respected doctors in the field of oncology. Dr. Melinda Telli is a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Carlson in the treatment of trish. Dr. Telli was lead author of a study published in the Aug '07 Journal of Clinical Oncology discussing the effects of herceptin (trastuzumab) on the heart. It really does ease our minds knowing trish is receiving the best care available.

oddly enough, the past 14 days have been the most 'normal' we have experienced since this adventure began. we can finally relax and take a breath or two... trish isn't undergoing tests every day, we aren't waiting on the results of those tests and the visits to the doctor have become limited. we now know how she reacts to the chemo, we are getting into a solid routine and we have a very good understanding of what lies ahead of us for the coming months. trish, myself and our support system are ready to battle this together. the generosity from our families and friends continues to overwhelm us, and we can not begin to express how gracious we are.


tommorrow, may 7th, marks the 1 month anniversary of trish's diagnosis, as well as our 3 year wedding anniversary. its been an unbelievable month, but a tremendous three years. im taking trish and caden to lunch at a 'suprise' location, and later on heading over to the coast for dinner and a sunset.

trish has been dealt a crappy hand, but through all this, she has remained brave, caring and perhaps most importantly, humorous. she isn't going to let this beat her, or even get her down.

guess this just reminds me why i fell in love with the girl 8 years ago.



Staci said...

Stay strong Trish, you're awesome! We are thinking of you and your family today and everyday!

With Love,
Breakfast & Staci

Lipgloss Lovah said...

Happy Anniversary you guys! Have a great day together. love you both! Coming home in a few weeks :-)

xoxo Monya & Russ

Claudia Barrett said...

Happy Anniversary you two!

We know that the love you share today will only continue to grow in all way and for always~

We love you to the moon, beyond and back~

Love always,

Mom and Dad (Barrett)

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary! Enjoy this day- you have a lot of reasons to celebrate!

Anonymous said...

I don't believe that I have met Trisha (but know who she is!), she is very lucky to have you as a husband Oak. I can feel the love with every word! I just wanted to let you know that I have been thinking good thoughts for your family (especially Trish) and only hope for the best.
Love, Molly Swanson
(Monya's old friend!!)

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary!!!
I'm going to try to come down soon... I'll stop by! :)

Sarah (Louise)

Tony said...


I want to add the Camp Family to your team, we will thinking of you daily. I saw your mother yesterday and I know you realize that the strength she showed me, along with your own strength, your family's, and with the strength of your friends (team)everything is possible!

Happy Anniversary!


Tony, Rita, Keely, Kyla

Chris and Bethany said...

Happy Anniversary Oak and Trish.

Jane said...

Oh my God.. i have tears (AGAIN). how sweet, Oak. Have a wonderful time tonight! You're all doing GREAT. :)


Anonymous said...

Way to stay strong Trish. Happy Anniversary, hope you have a great day!

Kim (Balsama)

Kelly said...

Happy Anniversary, have a great night!

Monica Conniff said...

OMG, Oak....I am seriously crying at my desk. You are so cute! You are both so lucky to have each other. Happy Anniversary! Enjoy your day/night tomorrow and I'll be thinking of you both...as always! Love you guys.

Anonymous said...

Hope the sunset was FABULOUS and you had a good dinner. You are lucky to have one another, and of coarse the Caden. You will come out of this stronger than ever! Catherine

Vicki Webb said...

You are both AWESOME! Oak, I can "feel" your love for Trisha in your comments, which, by the way, brought me to tears (GOOD ones!). Your love for Caden and one another, the love and strength of your family and friends and the miracle that we all pray for will see you through this battle. I am looking forward to Caden's first trip to the Webb Ranch to run, jump, fish and "Rhino ride" with the Hofstetter and Mallas grandkids. When all of you are ready, we'll plan a fun weekend here. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!
Vicki W.
p.s. Trisha, I love the short "doo"!

Anonymous said...

You brought tears to my eyes, and melted my heart. Your love for eachother is awsome! Thank you for the cute pictures!! Happy Anniversary!