One Woman's Diary Documenting A Week Of Chemotherapy

Photo: Courtesy of Jessica Sliwerski.
I was diagnosed with malignant breast cancer four months after the birth of my daughter and 59 days after my 33rd birthday. I had a double mastectomy to remove the lump in my left breast, but because my tumor was aggressive and because I am young, chemotherapy was recommended to decrease the chance of the cancer recurring. I spent three months doing chemotherapy, with a cocktail called Taxotere and Cytoxan, or TC. I had a total of four infusions, each so laden with poison it necessitated three weeks of recovery before the next dose. What follows is a series of diary entries written over the course of my treatment.