Chemo Round 2✌🏼️ {6/20/16}

It’s the morning of day 2 of my second round of dose adjusted R-EPOCH chemo. Dose adjusted means that they can change the dose according to how I respond the previous time. After my round one my blood counts didn’t drop very much so this time they are increasing the chemo drugs by 20%. This means I will most likely have a harder time with side effects this round and my counts will drop much lower the week after I go home from chemo. When they drop this low I will have a lot of fatigue and more risk of infection if I’m not careful. The reason they want to do the increase in the dose is to make sure the chemo is strong enough to kill any tough little cancer cells. 

After round 1, I was home for 2 weeks. The first week I was home I still had my horrible spinal headache and hardly got up at all. I literally crawled to go anywhere and then instantly laid back down. I had to eat my food laying on the floor and I also was getting bad stomach aches every time I ate. After the first week I improved significantly and was able to go out that weekend with Gunnar and get my hair cut off and go shopping πŸ™‚ 

eating onthe floor..stupid headache
  
After I cut my hair the first time
    

Had a good day to go see my nephew πŸ‘ΆπŸΌπŸ’™

The second week I was home was much better and I had a lot more energy and good days where I could do stuff. My hair started to come out and I kept pulling it out whenever I was sitting around lol it really wasn’t that scary, it was more just annoying. This past weekend before I had to come back to the hospital I drove 5 hours to see Gunnar in Savannah! (Oh ya, he finally asked me to be his girlfriend after all these years..I said yes πŸ˜‰) Before I left my house again I shaved my head shorter but after a day it was so pokey it was driving me crazy and I kept pulling it out all over the floor lol so on Friday after I showered, I decided to use Gunnar’s razor and shave it all off. It was such a relief to have it gone and I don’t look half bad bald lol. We went to the beach on Saturday and I sun screened my head and walked around a little without my hat so I could try and tan it a little πŸ˜‚ it’s so pale! Haha. It was really good to spend the weekend having fun before I came back to the hospital. 
 

On my drive! hair shaved the second time
     
Got to Savannah! Watching the sunset ❀️😊
 

 

I did it! Hello there bald head πŸ˜‚πŸ˜
 
Beach time
  
Doin a little beach shopping..and tanning my head lol
 
  
It’s still pale πŸ˜‚ oh well

  
More us being weird 😁❀️
 
Anyways..I love having no more hair. It’s so nice for the hospital since I can’t always shower and it’s nice to not have to wait for it to fall out anymore. It also cools you off in the summer really fast when I take off my hats. Plus it will come back eventually 😊 

So yesterday, Monday June 21st, 2016, day one of my second round of chemo went quite well. I got in and hooked up a lot earlier than my first round which means that I won’t have to get my meds switched out at midnight all week! It will be around 5pm every day. So much better.  The first drug called Rituxan started and I slept through nearly all of it without having a bad reaction like last time, so they got to speed up the drip and it was done in just a few hours. Now I’m on my second bags which are 3 different chemo drugs at the same time, on a 23 hour cycle. When they are done, they are repeated 3 more times until Friday.  Also my favorite night nurse Mardel was here last night and this morning and came in and gave me a hug 😊I seriously love her. She always makes me feel better and taken care of. She’s a million times better than all the other nurses I have. πŸ’— Tomorrow (Wednesday) sometime I have the horrible dreaded intrathecal chemo. They are going to do the blood patch at the same time and I’ve requested to be sedated because I’ve had a lot of anxiety about the  chemo and procedure. I just don’t want to feel it, so they said anesthesia can put me to sleep a little like they have for other things. Yay πŸ™‚ Everyone is praying that doing the blood patch will save me from having that horrible headache and the rest of the week will run a lot smoother than last time! No headache would mean I could sit up and actually eat, walk around so I don’t get weak and not get constipated from not moving which can be dangerous while on chemo. I really really hope it’s better this time😳  I will update once I see what happens. Fingers crossed!

 

round 2 has begun!
  
 
ice cream in bed 😁🍦
 
Watching the Bachelorette with a snack!
 
πŸ™πŸΌSome people have asked me to post prayer requests for the week so here they are:

⭐️⭐️No headache from the spinal chemo so I can stay active and not get weak from not walking all week

-That I will be able to eat through the nausea so I don’t lose more weight

-That the steroids won’t make me super irritable and mean to everyone, especially my mom 😘

-I won’t have significant side effects, the main one is mouth sores that make it painful to eat on top of already not having an appetite. Also no stomach aches like last time. 

-Good nurses who are nice and attentive and actually come when my machine beeps and when I push my call button. 

-For all the doctors and nurses who work with me throughout the week, that they make the right decisions for me and make no mistakes during procedures and my treatment. 

-Give peace, hope and strength to all of my family and friends who struggle to see me go through this.  For my dad who stays home with my brother and works hard all week so that I can be here getting treatment and my mom can stay with me. 

πŸ’—πŸ’—

   
 

26 thoughts on “Chemo Round 2✌🏼️ {6/20/16}

  1. Megan, I just finished praying for you this morning after reading this post. I am so glad you were able to have some fun before this round started. You look beautiful in all of your pictures!

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  2. Wow! you are so couragious! You look really beautiful as a baldy! πŸ™‚ I will pray that round 2 goes smooth and that you can enjoy many more weeks to come batteling this awful disease! You are an inspiration! Xxx

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  3. Megan
    You are SO beautiful! I am going to Bible study this morning, and will share your prayer requests. You and your family are loved and being lifted up by many! Love, Becky

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  4. You are so beautiful hair or no hair….. Inside and out. In my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for inspiring me to “whine” about my own aches and pains. Of course whooping up on your dad at “Words” inspires me too!! Lol love you. Hugs!

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  5. I love that you are specific with your prayer requests. I get to know more of what’s going on inside. Your spirit is what draws me in. You are a beautiful, soulful woman. I have no doubt about your prayers being answered. This time in your life is indeed very challenging and scary, yet it appears as if you could not be better prepared, supported, and loved. I feel your gratitude and thank you for continuing to share your journey.

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  6. Megan, you definitely are a shining example of reflecting joy in the storm! Thank you for sharing so much of what you’re going through, I can pray more specifically. By the way, you really rock the bald look! You are beautiful in every way πŸ™‚

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  7. Hi, you don’t know me personally, but I know your brother-in-law Spencer Smith bc we went to UGA together. He has posted links to your blog so here I am. You have made me cry with your honesty, beauty inside and out, courage, strength, and fun-loving spirit! Like you said in an earlier post, your friend said “God only gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers.” I know this to be true, and you are no exception. I have two close friends-one who lost her baby boy at full term and another one who also lost her baby boy at full term and then went onto have another baby boy who got diagnosed with melanoma as a newborn, was treated, and is now thriving. Both of these close friends are truly amazing, God-loving people. I also know what it’s like to be a family member or close to someone going thru something like this…my mom went thru breast cancer when I was a sophomore at UGA and it is so hard to watch someone you love go thru something like this as I cried anytime anyone would mention anything about it. I wanted to write you to tell you, you are a true inspiration to so many, and you have so many that are praying for you! I will pray for you!!!! Thank you for posting specifically what we can pray for. Sending our love and a huge hug from Cincinnati, Ohio! Also, I’m going to write Spencer and tell him if you or your family ever need anything, I am actually from Newnan, GA and my parents still live there so please don’t hesitate to ask. We are happy to help in any way we can!

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  8. Hi, I am Jerri.
    I used to work with your Dad at IHG and I occasionally beat him at Words with Friends…he probably beats me more, but I’m only counting MY wins!
    Staying positive makes such a big difference in this battle you are facing, I love your attitude!
    HORRAY for you for maintaining it, not many people can laugh while going through the treatment and the horrible side effects.
    You are on my prayer list and love that we have specific things for our prayers for you.
    I pray for you, your medical staff and your family.
    Your Dad is one lucky guy to have such a beautiful, sweet and courageous daughter!

    Keep up the good work,
    Jerri

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  9. You are so precious and strong and it is such a privilege to get to pray for you! Will continue praying for all the things on your list and that God brings you peace snd comfort. You are a fighter and you are not fighting alone!

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  10. Megan you are such an inspiration! Your positive vibe, your happy outlook, your gorgeous lack of hair (seriously, who looks THAT good baldπŸ‘ŒπŸ»), I just keep thinking that you’re going to look back, many years from now on this time in your life…it may feel long and hard now, but later on you’ll look back and it will feel like a “blip” on the radar. You are en-route for a tremendously-led life full of adventure and blessings. Hang tight and stay strong- this part of your life – the struggle- will simply set you on a course for great things! Much love from all of the Harts!!! We are with you!

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  11. Hi-

    I worked with your Dad at IHG. Your strength and faith are really an inspiration. I will pray for you. Thank you for sharing your journey so eloquently.

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  12. You are in my thoughts and prayers Megan! You are an inspiration to us all with your positive outlook on life. Cheering you on and sending you lots of live today and always. 😘

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  13. Megan, I have prayed for these requests. God is faithful! Your head is beautiful! Your smile is radiant! And your attitude is Christ honoring. πŸ’•πŸ™πŸΌ

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  14. hey i am your neighbor in room 3 we are about on the same schedule but this is round 3 for me and my 3rd day of the cycle also had chemo in the spine today.i have a bracelet that my family made for me and it says WithGodWeFight I would like to give you and your family one if yall would like God bless you and we pray for you everyday My name is Greg and my Wife is Debbie

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    1. Hi! I’m so glad you found my blog πŸ™‚ I wasn’t able to get out of my room my first round because of my severe headache after the intrathecal chemo, but am doing better so far this round. I would love a bracelet! That is so sweet of you. Thank you so much for thinking of me and my family. I am usually in my room most of the day with my mom so feel free to stop by! And thank you so much for the heating pads too! πŸ™‚ Hope your 3rd round is going well!

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      1. We are home now so glad we was able to meet you! We will pray for you and know you got this! Hope you were able to eat your nuggets! Stay strong! With God we fight! See you next round!

        Debbie Hamilton
        770-301-2401
        Call if needed

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  15. Hi Megan,
    My name is Sandee Shacklett Riffel, I went to school for many years with your dad.
    I cannot tell you how much your journey has inspired me. The words aren’t coming with the tears as I am so moved by your determination and ability to stay positive. I’ve been following your blog, and pray for you and your family daily. God’s got this, and you already know that. Keep going! You are stunning with or without hair!
    I will continue to follow you and pray for you.
    Big hugs to you and your family!

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  16. While I have not met you personally yet within the neighborhood (Westchester) I instantly know that you are a strong, brave, outgoing, vibrant soul that anyone would be honored to know. I have had my teen daughter (15) read this and we both just love the sparkle in your eyes and smile you have on your face. Stay positive and keep fighting. You got this! Thanks for sharing your story with us all.

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