Well it's official . . after 17 years of teaching -- 11 with cancer -- last Thursday was my last day! I had originally planned on retiring on disability at the end of the school year but the past three weeks have been too hard and just had to give it up.
I took my first Ixempra treatment (along with Tykerb & Xeloda) March 21st and ended up in the hospital the 26th with a white count of 800 -- down from 4400 the day of the treatment . . the red count fell/platelets . . yada yada yada. . got out of hospital, took 3 more days off and headed back to work . .worked two part time days/2 full days and then another treatment. We cut the dosage in half and it was better but I could only work about two days without needing the next day off to sleep the whole day. Last Thursday I headed in again but kept having to sit down from the fatigue . . eventually broke down in principal's office . . and decided to go on catastrophic sick leave for the rest of the year. Time to take some time for Jackie and her kids.
I have started filling out my SS Disability form online but going very slowly. about
to get up and begin my other new career . . cleaning up my house . . OH LORD! I'm doing well and will you'll probably see more of me now!
Hugs to all -- Jackie