Herceptin: A Piece of Cake

20 Sep

September 17, 2010

The specialist we saw at Rush told us that Herceptin was a piece of cake.  I wouldn’t exactly call it a piece of cake.  Any time you’re hooked up to an IV with medicine dripping into your veins isn’t really my idea of a piece of cake, but I guess in the world of hideous cancer treatments, this is a piece of cake. 

It wasn’t bad but it was just an emotional day for me so I cried a lot.

I cried when the receptionist said something snippy to me for being late.

I cried when I told my nurse how snippy the receptionist was to me (my way of getting back at her.) 

I cried when my doctor walked in the room to talk with me.

I cried when I opened my eyes and saw Bob standing above me while I was hooked up to the IV. 

I cried when I saw how cheerful and well dressed some of the people were while getting their treatments.  (I, on the other hand, was a sweatpants wearing, no makeup wearing, worn out, mess.)  

I cried when I saw the people who looked as worn out as I did. 

I cried just thinking what a sad place this is.  People coming and going, all trying to fight this horrible disease.  On another day I might look at it differently–that all of these people are getting help and their lives are being saved–but today I just cried. 

I cried thinking that this is not a club I want to be in.  I don’t want to be one of these people but unfortunately I am one of them.  I don’t want to talk to any of them.  (Especially the man beside me who started talking like a vampire when the nurse was taking his blood.)  I just wanted to sit with my husband, cry, and read People magazines.

So, with treatment and tears done, I went home and fell asleep for 2 hours. 

When I woke up, I felt so much better.  I was so happy to see Bobby and his little buddy come through the door after school.  Snacks, SpongeBob, legos, laughing.  We made Mexican food, watched the Cubs on TV (they won!), and had a really good evening. 

Now, that’s what I call a piece of cake–a really good piece of cake.  Herceptin, not so much.


13 Responses to “Herceptin: A Piece of Cake”

  1. Diane September 20, 2010 at 1:07 pm #

    You are an inspiration and you are entitled to have days when you just cry….on the other days, I will cry for you.

    Love you,

  2. Kathleen September 20, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    You have the best medicine around to cure the chemo blues…A dose of “Bobby and Friends” and of course a Cubs win!

  3. Greg September 20, 2010 at 1:37 pm #

    This will bring a bit of a cheer up to your day. Scott says I’m Squidward on SpongeBob. He even plays the clarinet…

  4. Jennifer September 20, 2010 at 4:20 pm #

    Ok – so instead of working I am now getting caught up on all of your blogs. And, in true Jennifer-style I am crying a my desk. You haven’t left my mind since Saturday night – so if you feel your ears burning or your feet itching (not sure what that means) – just know I am thinking about you.

  5. Rebecca September 20, 2010 at 4:33 pm #

    Wish I could help make it better…Sending you hugs ~ Rebecca

  6. Becky (Nelson) Hunter September 20, 2010 at 5:57 pm #

    You have been on my mind all weekend. I was wondering how the “easy” treatment was going to go. . . You are loved Cathy! We are praying for you and know you can kick this thing once and for all. Be filled with grace and peace this week!

  7. Tricia Vanover September 20, 2010 at 6:16 pm #

    Cathy, you are such a wonderful person. You are a fighter! I am honored to be a part of this journey with you. Keep writing.

  8. Margaret Kulis September 20, 2010 at 9:01 pm #

    Big hugs coming your way. I say crying is fine — cope with all of this however you can. What an emotional and physical roller coaster. We are all sending you good vibes.

  9. Fawn September 20, 2010 at 10:54 pm #

    Glad to hear you were feeling better after your nap. Let me know when you’re feeling up to going for coffee. I had a Dunkin Donuts hazelnut coffee yesterday in your honor!

  10. Sandy September 22, 2010 at 3:02 am #

    Cathy, I can understand why it would have been such an emotional day for you, don’t feel bad. The snippy receptionist needs a good smack and should not be in that job!! This whole thing is not pleasant but you are handling it very well in my opinion. I’m glad Bobby and Bob are there for you. Better days are ahead!

    • Laura Psimaras September 24, 2010 at 3:42 am #

      You don’t have to be strong all the time. But know that you have an awesome family & tons of friends wishing we could take away all your pain. We are here for you!!

  11. Noreen September 28, 2010 at 11:38 am #

    A nap, “Bobby and Friends”, Cubs win, and Mexican food-no better way cure the chemo tears. Love you and you are always in my heart.


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