I was diagnosed 8/31/16 with Triple negative breast cancer, stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma. I had a lumpectomy on 10/3/16. I had a port implanted on 11/4/16 and my first TAC Infusion on 11/14/16. I am on day 18 of cycle 3 with 3 more to go. I'm halfway there!!!
My best suggestion is that you get a support system behind you...family, friends, church, work. And then don't hesitate to ask for help. I have 3 grown sons. One of them goes to chemo with me. Didn't realize what a blessing that would be. One son has 2 sweet little girls, so having 3 hours to talk uninterrupted was wonderful. My youngest son is the one who has been with me at doctors appointments, and 2 chemos so far.
I live with my sister who has been doing all the cooking and fetching for me. I finally asked for help with meals 2xs a week from the church. They of course were so glad to help. We used takethemameal.com to schedule meals. It is easy to set up and use.
I have not been able to go to work. I've experienced really bad fatigue, that has gotten worse each cycle. The week after chemo I can barely get out of bed. I am on day 18 cycle 3, so feeling stronger today. I don't understand how people go to work. Even without the fatigue, my blood count goes down so low, I couldn't be around people. I do get Neulasta day 2. You just have to realize everyone is different and go with what you get. I had a meltdown last week, I was trying to help my sister by making my spaghetti sauce...after chopping 2 bell peppers, I had to go to bed. That's when I realized, I can't rush how I feel, and I needed to ask for help with meals. Not just for me but for my #1 caregiver. I know this is hard on her, too. We moved in together 8 years ago so I could be here to help her. She has MS. Fortunately she is on new meds agony doing really well.
A positive attitude, support from my church and family, and my Prayer Warrior Sisters (a group of 7 women who have a text thread to pray for each, our family and friends) are all helping me FIGHT LIKE A GIRL, get through this journey, and win this battle.