After my cancer surgery two years ago, I felt very lucky. My doctor told me that 99% of people with my cancer at my stage (endometrial, stage 1) never had another problem with cancer. He said I would heal from my surgery and go on with life.
I had the recommended check ups and blood tests every other month. When the tumor markers started going up, I had additional tests and found out I had cancer again. After this surgery the pathology report said it was stage 3 and my doctor recommended six months of chemotherapy. I have an excellent doctor and I have complete confidence and trust in him. After having some time to heal from the surgery and for the doctor to determine the drug dosage, today is scheduled to be day one of the first of 8 three week cycles (assuming yesterday's blood tests were good). I'll take pills morning and night for two weeks, then have one week off before starting again.
The drug I'm getting is oral not intravenous, so I think that will be easier for me. There are many possible side effects, but a lot of them are only experienced by a low percentage of people taking the drug. Hair loss is not one of the side effects, although some people experience hair thinning. All in all, I don't think it will be as bad as it could have been. I'm feeling very positive. This is just a temporary situation.
I feel extremely fortunate to have so many people wishing me well. I am very happy to have many friends, old and new, near and far, cheering for me. Thank you for all your email and comments on this blog, cards and food, everything! I appreciate you all more than you know.