Based on clinical trials, Herceptin is recommended for 1 year following diagnosis.
Yesterday was my first solo Herceptin infusion. I will get one every three weeks until August, which marks one year from when this crazy ride began.
It wasn't bad and took only around 45 minutes. The IV goes right into my port.
I also didn't notice any side effects last night from it. Woo hoo!
I met the nicest people in the chemo room yesterday. Since I was by myself and there for such a short time, I didn't request the private room. I'm really glad I didn't.
I met two families who were dealing with recurrences.
I was able to offer a little advice on current resources that are offered in the area. It made me realize how much I actually enjoy speaking to families battling cancer. I like to feel helpful.
I have known since the beginning that I wanted to use my diagnosis as a platform to help others. I still don't know what I'm being called to do. I pray about it often.
For now, I can only offer a little humor, advice and a smile.
I hope more answers come soon. I'm ready to get rolling!
Little update: My white blood count is at 3600. Assuming that it will be up to 4000 within a couple days, I will be cleared for surgery on Tuesday!