It’s been a few months since I’ve been on Eribulin and I’m feeling great! I’m driving again and walking longer distances. My appetite is back in full swing, except after receiving chemo. My white and red blood counts remain steady and my tumor markers keep going down. All is great, except for one side effect, chemo induced peripheral neuropathy.
Peripheral neuropathy is nerve damage and can be caused by many factors. A few include diabetes, autoimmune diseases, vitamin B deficiencies, and of course chemotherapy.
Symptoms and side effects of peripheral neuropathy include, numbness, tingling, shooting pain, throbbing, and balance issues. I’m experiencing many of these symptoms. I started with slight numbness in my finger tips. I’m on medication for it and recently had my dosage changed, but the neuropathy has become worse. I now have it in my feet and lower legs.
To help with these side effects, a reduced dosage of chemo is usually the way to go, or stopping the chemo for a while. Since I’m doing so well on the Eribulin, I’m hoping that I won’t have to do either.
I’m so happy these days that my primary concern is the neuropathy. Neuropathy can become very serious and effect your heart and organs if not taken care of. My medical team is on top of it and I let them know of any changes.
Enough about that!
I think most of us with children have sent them back to school by now. My daughter, Michaela, has gone back to The George Washington University, where she is a senior, and my son, Max, has started his senior of high school. I wish all your children a successful school year.
You might have noticed the mornings and evenings are becoming cooler and the days are getting shorter. I know many want to hold on to the hot summer weather, but not me. I’m looking forward to the cool, crisp days of fall….my favorite season.
Take care, Mermaids. Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.