Hi Tracy! My name is Deb. I am fairly new to this board but not to bc,unfortunately. Wow,you have really been thru it. What a strong and remarkable woman you are. I am so impressed w/ the strength and determination that you have shown dealing w/ the bc.
I was originally diagnosed in 2001. Modified radical mast. w/ 19 of 21 lymph nodes positive. Stage 3. 4 A/C, 12 taxol, 36 rads. October 2003 was rediagnosed w/ mets to the bone (small spot on sacrum) and it was the same cell as the bc. I have been on Navelbine, Herceptin weekly since. I was on the Zometa but have been taken off it because of the findings of it causing the jaw bone to die. I haven't had a complete break since I began. I have had 3-4 months off the Navelbine but continued the herceptin. My cea counts would remain level for this amount of time and then begin a small climb. I would then begin the Navelbine again. I have found both of these to be fairly easy drugs to tolerate. The worst side effect being the neuropathy in my feet and the muscle cramps. I have had a couple of times that I just flat out didn't want to go to chemo. I called and told them I would not be there...that I needed a "mental health break". My onco didn't have a problem w/ it. I can understand how you are dreading beginning the chemo again. Esp after all you have been thru. I have had days where I wonder why I continue w/ the treatments. I think this is a normal feeling. But, when I look at my 3 granddaughters, my new grandson and my dd's and sil, I know why I continue. If you aren't feeling like you have completely healed, then wait. This is your decision and yours alone to make. I believe that if your tumor tag tests are in the normal range, then let your body rest and get built back up. Talk about this w/ your onco and see how she/he feels. Then weigh your options and do what you think is best for you.