Sweet Baby, Sour Cancer

My journey through cancer and pregnancy, twice.

Good news everybody… I am done with chemo! My oncologist said I don’t need anymore. Ever! And, made it through with about half my eyelashes- although I think they are falling out now- go figure,  and a about a quarter of my eyebrows! Until about 2 weeks ago, no hair was to be found anywhere on my body except in Pangea form, sporadically placed on the globe of my head. 

Chemo sucked! But it’s also has been my best friend for the last four months. I feel about chemo kind of like I felt about my parents when I was 14. I want to slam my bedroom door in its face and blame everything wrong in my life on it. When I know I can’t live with out it. It really does have my back and has saved my butt more than I want to admit. 

Looking back I want to say “it wasn’t that bad” but maybe it was… I really don’t know.  I’m not trying to be Mr. big tough guy here but there were times where I was confused if it was pregnacy symptoms or chemo problems. Nausea, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue, constantly feel the need to tinkle, crampy, tired, irritable- just naming a few here. My oncologist told me numerous times that her pregnant ladies did exceptionally well on chemo, better than her regular breast cancer patients. What, being pregnant gave me some kind of superwoman power that reigned over chemo?  I assumed she was just helping me with mind over matter and feeding some of my own holistic medicine, after all,  who does exceptionally well on chemo therapy especially when pregnant? Wouldn’t this be the worst combo ever? It made sense to me to set up the infirmary in my bedroom and call for reinforcement.  But, the good ol doc was right. I think I did do pretty well. Don’t get me wrong I had my moments where I needed to be cotteled and tucked into bed like a little girl. But, whether it was the pregnancy, all the prayers or just plain winning at chemo lottery- I did it and its over! 

I would get my chemo on a Wednesday, lets call that day 1. 

Day 1, I would go home with a little fog on my brain. I really enjoyed that fog- it was closest thing to having a drink so I welcomed the much needed escape of reality and enjoyed the silly, annebriated like state it left me in. As the fog lifted from my brain, a slight tiredness and over all weakness rolled in and took its place, pretty standard for days 2,3,4. Then came the chemo cocktail hangover -days 5,6,7,8 ugh! The days I would brace for until the side effects started to fizzle out after day 8. Most chemo works pretty cyclical- what happens during cycle 1 should repeat again for the following cycles and that held almost true for me. 

For those of you that are reading this who may be starting chemo or are in a similar boat as me- everyone is different and has a variation of different side effects of treatment.  I truly felt my side effects were more of the uncommon ones and will go through them in a seperate blog post as this post is starting to get a bit lengthy. 

So now, my attention is on finishing growing my precious little bun in the oven here. And boy is it growing! This is me today at 36 weeks! 

I am zeroing in on eating clean, quality foods to help my body heal and recover from being beaten down not just from the chemo but from the pregnacy as well. I can feel the residual that has been left behind from the chemo as it has taken its toll on my joints, muscles and mental health. My body which was once my temple that was exercised almost daily, fed quality foods, avoided medications and use to have plenty of energy has been borrowed from me for my baby and highjacked from me by the cancer.  My baby is still sucking me dry – which I gladly give every ounce of myself for that little being to grow perfectly in there,  but I am ready to take back what the cancer has stolen from me…  I won’t mention the occasional pizza and bowl of ice cream here and there! But the ice cream I can assure you is organic with no HFCS and the pizza usually has tons of veggies on it. We will also ignore the french fries and watermelon combination that I just can’t seem to shake either😬!!! All of which seem to be a dietary requirement for me during this pregnancy. Everything in moderation right?! 

Bottom line… That’s a wrap for chemo!  Forever, completed, check, D-O-N-E!!! We are onto babyland!!! What I have been dreaming about for so long is finally coming true. We have just 4 hopefully short weeks to wait! 

Who’s ready to have a baby?!!!! 

13 thoughts on “No more Chemo! 

  1. Robin McDonald says:

    Well my friend…..I can say this….as an oncology nurse for 30 years I can HONESTLY say that you did amazingly well with chemotherapy! Adriamycin and cytoxan is not easy stuff to take! I think it was a combination of things you had on your side…the love of a wonderful man, an amazing and loving family, a huge network of supportive friends, your faith in GOD, the power of prayer, your ability to let things go and not sweat the small stuff, the fact that you take good care of your body and your arsenal was prepared for battle. I am so happy this part of your journey is over and you can rest and prepare for baby. Motherhood is a most amazing experience. You are going to love it!


    1. Thanks for being there for me and answering all my questions! You helped me through too!!! ❤️


  2. Auntie Nancy says:

    I am soooooooooo happy for you Jodi. It is so refreshing to hear some good news for a change. You are one strong cookie, that’s for sure and I am very proud of you…


  3. Maureen says:

    So glad to hear that you have a clean bill of health Jodi …now you can focus on your beautiful child that you will soon have in your life.. And the joy that a child brings into your world will make you forget all that you went through.. 💜😊🙏❌⭕️


    1. Thank you Maureen…. There is still more surgery and months radiation … but yes the chemo is over and it’s baby time.


  4. cyndimom says:

    All I can say is Praise God, Praise God, Praise God!!!!!


  5. Carole says:

    So happy to hear the awesome news, Jodi! Both your faith and you are strong…a wonderful combination! May God continue to give you strength and prepare you for delivery of a perfect, beautiful bundle of joy! God Bless you and yours…


  6. Linda says:

    Your nurse was right….Nate, family, friends, and God are all on your side. Praying and helping you all the way.
    Now you can focus all your positive energy and thoughts on your bundle of joy…. and that special day will be here before you know it👶🏼.
    So very happy for you and Nate😇


  7. chemomama says:

    Congrats on completing chemo! That is awesome. I had to have more after my baby was born, Taxol, so I went through chemo and hair loss twice. Bring on the good times and memories. Blessings to you and your family.


    1. No taxol for me! Hair is growing! All is great for now! Thank you chemo mama!


    2. Thanks Chemomama! I am very happy not to have any more chemo. I hope radiation goes well!


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