Last Monday I suddenly got a lot of energy. It was like a fog disappeared from my head. It was such a huge relief. I was running around my self in circles, writing on an article, backing, sewing and planting on the balcony. Planting on the balcony was a bit stupid, because it is still freezing, but I am heading to the hospital for 3-4 weeks, so the plants will have to see if they can survive outside on their own.
The doctor had told me that I could expect to experience some energy after the first chemo, but I must admit that I was surprised about how significant it was!
Honestly it was the perfect time to get energy. Because this week is the week where the big round of chemo begins. I know that it will be extremely hard, and therefore I am so happy that I got to experience a bubble of energy before it begins.
Over the next 3-4 weeks I will get a chemo that is three times as hard as the first treatment i got. In addition to that it will last for five days.
After five days of chemo, my immunesystem is gone! Therefore I will have to be isolated. It is quite dangerous if I get influenza or something like that. When the immunesystem is low enough the doctors will reinject my blood stem cells. This will make me smell really bad. Apparently I’ll smell like canned corn. When the stem cells are reinjected they will also give my some sort of antimatter against the t-cells in the blood stem cells. The antimatter will make me really sick (if the chemo isn’t doing that already), so I will be getting a lot of medicine to fight the sickness from the antimatter. Medicine against medicine.
I am feeling nervous. I am mostly thinking about how crazy it is that I have so much energy right not, and in a week I will probably not be able to do anything at all. Other that that I am optimistic. I really believe that on the other side of all of this madness I will be okay, stronger and hopefully attack-free!
The best thing is that I just read an article in BBC about the treatment. The results are overwhelmingly positive! They are saying that after an average follow-up of three years, the transplants had failed in three out of 52 patients (6%), compared with 30 of 50 (60%) in the control group. That is pretty exciting news when going into the treatment!