First Day of Chemotherapy

January 13, 2016

Since this will be my first post, I want to start out with a prayer. I think that it is am important to do when you are starting something new.

My Heavenly Father,  Thank you for giving me the opportunity to reach out to others. I want this blog to touch the hearts of those who do not know you at all, or to those who are struggling with their relationship with you. God, I am a vessel and I ask that you will use me to show others of your unfailing love and never ending hope, and that you freely give it. God, I ask that this will help others who are just getting a devastating diagnosis, or is going through the treatments. May they feel Your overwhelming peace like I have, and that it will bring them comfort.        In Jesus’ name, Amen

It’s the first day of chemotherapy and I am not nervous! How is that? Well, the peace of God has been never ceasing throughout this. Me and Jonathan have been in awe of it all. You always think that when you hear the big “C” word, that your world just falls apart. Now let me tell you, it has been really rough at times, and I’m sure there will still be days like that, but we have been able to continue living our lives. I promise I will go back and tell you my entire journey, but I wanted to give you the latest update.

I had to meet with my  oncologist before starting chemo that day, so we could discuss my complete treatment plan. Last time we talked, I was told I had Triple Negative Breast Cancer and we were waiting on the MRI results to see if it was in my lymph nodes. Depending on those results, we may need to have surgery first. Thank you God, it is not in my lymph nodes! So chemotherapy first. I will have 16 doses of chemo over the course of 20 weeks. There will be 8 cycles. This first 4 will consist of 2 chemo drugs on week one, followed by 1 chemo drug the next 2 weeks. This will repeat 4 times. The last 4 will be 2 chemo drugs every 2 weeks, a total of 4 doses. Hope that makes sense. I will then have a double mastectomy, followed by possible radiation (the cancer is deeper then they expected), then reconstruction.

I had to have blood drawn from my port and that wasn’t too bad. It was way better than getting stuck in my reluctant veins. My arms are bruised from all the previous blood drawings. I was then given all my pre-medications and a bag of fluid. That took about 1 1/2 hours and then it was time to give me the Benadryl. I started feeling the effects as she was still giving me the stuff. That Benadryl high is no joke! It was then time to give me my first chemo drug, which was Taxol and would take about 1 1/2 hours to give me. It was a little weird to have the nurse actually stare at me for the first 5 minutes. No really, she never took her eyes off of me. I finally fell asleep and didn’t wake up when she changed me over to the second chemo drug, Carboplatin. I remember waking up to see my favorite guy right beside me. (On a side note, you will probably get tired of hearing how much I love him and what he means to me.) After I finished getting my poison, as I like to call it, we went home and we had our friends come over and bring us dinner.

All in all, the day went really well, considering what was taking place. Again, I can confidently say, we felt God’s presence with us all day. I can’t wait to share with you how I can look back and see how He was preparing me for this journey.

Chemo Day 1 (b)
Day 1 done!
The port doing it’s job
Chemo Day 1 (c)
Feeling the Benadryl high
Chemo Day 1 (a)
My partner for life!



10 thoughts on “First Day of Chemotherapy

  1. Great Job! You inspire me! I know Jesus is using you to touch so many people. My prayers and thoughts are with you on this journey. May God continue to bring you peace, comfort, and joy.


  2. Thank you for sharing and creating this blog so we can stay up-to-date on what is going on and pray specifically for you.
    To God be the glory in all of this!


  3. Beautifully written Nashenna! I am so very thankful for the peace God has given you and Jonathan. Thank you for updating us all through your blog. You are an amazing woman, and such a beautiful “warrior princess”. I will continue to pray for you and your family. Please remember I am only a phone call away if you need ANYTHING! I love you, sweet friend. Now, go kick this cancer’s hiney! 😉


  4. Thanks for sharing your Story with us. We love you and pray for you and knowing what’s going on helps to know how to pray. Jeremiah 29:11-14 has been a story verse for us during Rex’s journey. God Is good all the time.


  5. What an amazing person!! Thank you for sharing this with all of us. You always hear about “c”, but no one has ever explained it so you know the process the way you just did. Thinking about you daily and praying for comfort and peace over you all!


  6. Many prayers are being lifted up for you. Wow you are so beautiful…. love your smile!!
    I know God has His hand on you!!


  7. Nashenna thank you for sharing your journey. I guess we all wonder at some point our faith might be tested with cancer. I can only hope I would have your faith and trust in God. I am a friend of Christy’s, we go to church together. I will continue to pray for you and that God will show-up big time and prove to many His power. Keep shining your light it helps us all. Marcy


  8. You are doing great and I send you hugs and prayers through this journey you are traveling, but not traveling alone! So glad you are feeling the peace from God… Thank you for sharing this incredible story with us and may it bring encouragement to others facing the same situation… May God bless you sweet lady💖


  9. I know our Savior will heal you. He just setting the ground work for others to see what He can and will do in the lives of the people He calls HIS OWN! I get chills when I think of how many people you will touch in His Name. Love and prayers.


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