Why the Redwood Forest slideshow?

Judy had always loved trees, and in 2008 we spent some time among the California Redwoods. Some of the ingredients in Judy's chemo cocktail were derived from trees (not Redwoods but Yews). We always knew that Judy loved the trees, and the trees got their chance to repay her affection.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The first chemo treatment is behind us ...

... and the crazy thing is that Judy is feeling better than she has in weeks! Here is her own account of it:

The first day of chemo was nothing that I expected. I was a bit anxious and Liz Davidson took me. There were two other women in the room. One has been doing this for several weeks and the other just started with the very same treatment as me. Her cancer was contained, her surgery was less involved and she will have fewer treatments.

The treatment started with some steroids and anti-nausea medication and I felt that I had at least two cocktails. Then I got both chemo drugs; first the Taxotere and then the Carboplatin. This process only took 4 and 1/2 hours. My sister-in-law Candice had tag-teamed Liz about 9:30 a.m. and we left around 1:30 p.m. I felt great. We went on some errands and I had a lot of energy. Finally we were going home and I asked if we could stop at Chick-Fil-A. I was HUNGRY! I got a kid's meal and took it home. I actually enjoyed the nuggets and ate all the fries while rubbing all the catsup up. It tasted so good. I never felt full. Candice just stared in disbelief.

This treatment is supposed to hit me in 72 hours with "flu-like symptoms"—we will see. I will take my nausea medicine and steroids starting tomorrow. So far so good.

Thanks as always for your support.



Anonymous said...

that is awesome good luck in the upcoming days!


scottm said...

Judy- Stay strong ! You are doing so well thus far. Glad to hear that yesterday went better than anticipated.

We are thinking about you,

Scott, Rachel, Harrison and Luke.

Adam & Carrie Tungate said...

Yea! Getting that first one down is a big step and it sounds like you did beautifully! We're still praying and rooting for you! Let me know when we can bring ya'll some dinner.

Anonymous said...

What a trooper!! Keep up the good work. Thanks for being a brave soldier in this battle. You're never alone as many are holding you up in prayer. Stay strong!

Love ya lots!!

Priscilla, David, & Elizabeth

MichelleL said...

Yeah Judy! You're such a little fighter! Hopefully the flu like symptoms won't be too bad. I've heard about that and it shoudn't be too bad compared to what you've recently been thru. I'm so glad you have that first one behind you. Cal and Ian approve of your Chick-Fil-A choice and want to know if you also played on the playground. Keep up the good spirits--We'll keep praying for you and sending you warm hugs. Lots of love,


Cheryl said...

Well, that is good news about the first chemotherapy session. I'm so glad you were hungry. Judy, I am taking my leave of absence from work later this month (November) and I would be honored to accompany you to a chemotherapy session, if you need someone. Besides, I'm looking forward to some more Harry Potter.
Cheryl Weber

ms. eddie said...

Hi, Bit I know I'm late posting.I am glad to here that chemo went good just keep depending on God to see you through all of this.