Dear family and friends,
Thank you again for continued thoughts/prayers and well wishes. I had chemo today and it went smoothly. My friend Wendy was sweet enough to keep me company and bring lunch - thanks Wendy! She snapped a photo of us while we were waiting, so I thought I would send along for Kate to post.
As for medical updates, my back pain has improved a little in the past couple days, which is really encouraging. It isn't gone completely, but feels less intense since Tuesday. This is good news because we assume the chemo is starting to work. The plan is weekly chemo for 4 - 6 months, then switch to a treatment called an aromatase inhibitor (AI) which is easier to tolerate (just one pill a day versus the weekly infusions that last for hours and make me feel crummy). You can see from the picture I still have hair, but it is starting to come out and I'm guessing in another few weeks it will be falling out like crazy. Since this is the second time I've lost my hair, it isn't that big a deal. I have scarves and wigs on hand.
Thanks again for all the encouragment. It truly helps lift our spirits. Love and hugs, Nancy and Jake