Round 4 was on Monday, January 10th. This was the last round of the AC treatment. Woo Hoo! I'd been waiting for this round to come to an end since the day I first began chemo. I was told by Dr. Ellis, and all the nurses I'd seen, that these first four treatments would be the hardest. And though this chemo definitely knocked me back for the last two months, it never knocked me down, and I am incredibley thankful for it.
Dr. Ellis had been doing self exams the last few weeks and felt very good about the progress I was making, but she wanted to know for sure, therefore I had a follow up MRI on my breasts and lymph nodes on Monday, January 17th. She called me last night to give me some great news. The tumor was in fact shrinking and the lymph nodes were looking better as well. I had been expecting this news, but to hear it was so great! I will get the report when I see her on Monday and know exactly what the MRI showed. This news gave me me some much needed faith going into my next set of treatments. I will now begin 12 weekly cycles of a new chemo drug, Taxol, starting the 24th.
I found a quote that touched me and wanted to share with you all.
"When you have come to the edge of all light that you know and are about to drop off into the darkness of the unknown, Faith is knowing one of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly"
From the day I was diagnosed with breast cancer I knew more than anything that I needed to have "faith." It's something I've struggled a lot with over the years... not having faith in many things. But when I was faced with something that immediately changed my life, I knew the only thing that would save me is faith. I went a few days after my diagnoses and tattood the word "faith" on my wrist, a place where I would always be reminded.