and I was the first in my clinic to receive the Neulasta shot. I also had chemo before surgery which was really new back then - it was because I had a 5 cm tumor. On my first Taxotere treatment I was in the hospital with low white counts and got the Neuprogen shots - horrible!!! On the second treatment I had low counts and had to give myself IV antibiotics - (gross!) and they gave me the Neulasta shot. The next visit with the onc, he told me that I had to quit chemo - due to "quality of life" issues. So I had the surgery, did rads and since my nodes were positive I got to do more Taxotere treatments. Now, knowing what I knew, I decided that yes, I could do this if that's what it took to get rid of it and have a good quality of life again. The onc also explained that all the research was in on Neulasta and promised that I would/could stay out of the hospital with those shots. Yes, it was awful, but only 2% have the really bad bone pain. I was the side effect queen on Taxotere - the pain was almost a relief from the other side effects. Since my onc was able to manage the pain, it was definitely doable and that's the whole point - we can do this!