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Monday, October 13, 2014

Life After Chemo...When You Still Have Cancer



In July I finished chemo and rang the bell!
I was scanned to see if it had worked to eradicate the cancer in my breast and liver.
I was excited to be done and anxious to feel better again.
Being sick and in pain all the time is hard.

The scans came back with amazing results!
The two lumps in my breast completely disappeared!
It was a miracle and we were so excited and so thankful!!

The four liver lesions had been reduced by 50%, but they were still there.
It was good news, but not good enough.
Since I had received the maximum allowed amount of my chemo drug, Taxotere, 
they put me on a schedule of infusions every three weeks of the other two drugs 
I had been receiving with chemo, Herceptin and Perjeta.

The great thing about these drugs is they wouldn't make me sick like Taxotere!
They would hopefully work together to continue to shrink the liver lesions.
The goal was to get down to one or two lesions so they could do surgery and remove them.
That would be my best chance.
Cutting into the liver is tricky and can't be done too many times 
without damaging the function of the liver.

I started taking an oral drug as well, Tamoxifen.
I take it every day to keep the breast cancer from growing back.
It has no obvious side effects either which is such a blessing!

Recovering from chemo was harder than I expected.
People expected me to be feeling better right away and I did too!
The truth was that it took several weeks before I could get off painkillers
and I am still recovering my strength and energy.


I am super excited to be off chemo!
I have been running around taking advantage of every adventure I can!

I am stretching myself to help people in ways I would not have before.
I am so inspired by how good and kind people are 
and how willing they were to help me and my family when I was sick.

I am thrilled to be able to be able to volunteer at my kids' school
and have the strength to stand and rock babies at church.

I enjoy the simple pleasures I couldn't during chemo, like shaving my legs, 
eating fresh fruits and vegetables, and driving myself wherever I want to go!

Today I receive another scan to see if my current treatments are working.
Please pray with me that the lesions are shrinking and that no new cancer is growing.
I am humbled and amazed at your faithfulness as I hear about people I barely know 
who pray for me every day, whose children pray for me every day.
A thousand thanks to you!!

XO
Jaime

36 comments:

Sandy Toes and Popsicles said...

A million prayer heading your way! XOXO

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Michelle Paige said...

Sending you prayers! Love the water slide picture of you enjoying life!

Organized Island said...

You have been in my prayers and I am happy to hear that you are done with chemo! Blessings to you! Prayers continuing!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Thanks for the update. I'm glad things are improving for you and I love the photo on the water slide. You look like your were having a blast. Keep on having fun.

Prayers from Texas!

The DIY Homegirl said...

So glad to see you're still rockin the positive spirit! Continuing to wish for the best for you!

April said...

Praying for you sweet friend! Xoxo

Lisa@hooplapalooza said...

wow! you're water slide pic just exudes your faith. way to go girl way to go! you are a true inspiration. my prayers go out to you and your family :)

Amy Barseghian said...

We are praying for good results and sending all of the positive energy we have your way. XO!

daniele holmberg said...

You are such an amazing inspiration! Definitely keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!xo♡

Lyn Montes said...

We love you, we pray for you daily that al will be well. It is good to see you having fun.

Cherish said...

Of course I'm still praying!

Mary Tran said...

Jaime, sending prayers your way! Thanks for keeping us updated. You're amazing! <3

Marlo said...

<3 praying for you Jaime! your kindness, faith and smile are so inspiring! much love to you!

Pedersen Family said...

Prayers for you and your family. You are so strong and it is inspiring to witness your fight against cancer. How positive you are and your zest for life. All your crazy adventures ;)

LA Paylor said...

you are so beautiful. Love the water picture so full of life. LeeAnna at not afraid of color

Desiree Eaglin said...

I think about you and I pray for you everyday! xoxo

Kyla Armstrong said...

You are amazing!!!!! They are shrinking and you are going to kick cancer's butt once again!

Jaime Jenkins said...

Thank you my friend!

Jaime Jenkins said...

Thanks!!

Jaime Jenkins said...

I sure appreciate you!!

Jaime Jenkins said...

Prayers from Texas are the best because they're the biggest right?? XO

Jaime Jenkins said...

Thank you!!

Jaime Jenkins said...

Thank you my friend! Hugs!

Jaime Jenkins said...

Thanks Lisa!!

Jaime Jenkins said...

Thank you Amy!! Hope you're having a ball on your trip!

Jaime Jenkins said...

Thanks Daniele, so fun to see you at the Queen Mary!

Jaime Jenkins said...

Thanks Lyn! You guys are amazing!

Jaime Jenkins said...

Thanks sister friend! XO

Jaime Jenkins said...

Thanks Mary! Loved seeing you at Knott's!

Jaime Jenkins said...

Thanks Marlo!! XO

Jaime Jenkins said...

No regrets right?? Thanks for your love and support!

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Jaime Jenkins said...

Thank you!!

Jaime Jenkins said...

It's outta here! Thanks for always being there for me. XO

Jaime Jenkins said...

Thank you so much Desiree!!

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