Neulasta

Chemo #3 is done, I had a really good weekend.
My brother Wayne loves to celebrate his birthday, so on Sat, Richard and I went to his annual pool party. I think I pretty much blew all his friends away with how good I looked…LOL….I’m guessing that most people think you’re not supposed to look good when you’re going through treatment, but….I LOOK GREAT!
On Sunday we took Ruby to Wootstock, and please remind me next year, that although it’s fun….way too crowded for me.

I decided to take today off as a “me day” I never get me days, and I figured, I deserved it.
So today, I met Louise, Nancy and Manon for lunch, and we had a wonderful time. It was great to see them. Nancy and Manon crewed the Ride to Conquer Cancer on the weekend, and Manon was heading back to Montreal. It was really nice to get out with friends.

I was feeling great till around 3 when the Neulasta kicked in. Neulasta is like an immune booster, I think of it as my white blood cell kicker! Basically when you have chemo, it doesn’t differentiate between good and bad white blood cells and attacks them all. Neulasta is a needle I self inject (yes, I really did it myself) about 24 hours after chemo. It makes the body produce good white blood cells, and boost your immunity. But because your body is producing them so quickly, it causes bone and muscle pain for about 24-48 hours. I’ve been fine the last 2 shots, but this one (I’m guessing from the cumulative affect), well lets just say, I’m feeling it, kind of a beat up feeling. I know it will pass, and I know it’s all for the good, but I’m glad I wasn’t at work!

Being on Neulasta has a story for me. 18 years ago, my Dad had Leukemia, was on clinical trail for a drug called Nupogen. Nupogen is now an approved drug that also boosts the immune system, and I’ve met many people that have been on it. The drug gave my Dad the time he needed to be with us to see my daughter Carly. He passed away 3 months after she was born. Neulasta is the next generation of Nupogen, and it’s hard not to think of my Dad each time I inject Neulasta. It’s like he’s my guardian angel truly looking over me. He did what he needed to with the trial for Nupogen, so that I would have Neulasta. And that’s how I get through the bone and muscle pain.
Love you and miss you Daddy ❤

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5 thoughts on “Neulasta

  1. Colleen McBroom says:

    Randy you are in my thoughts constantly. Thank you for blogging here to let us know how you are doing. Sending you all kinds of good healing energy and hugs. This one had me all teary eyed…lost my dad to cancer too.. I miss him like crazy.

  2. Louise says:

    Was great getting together today, really didn’t want to go back to work. Hope you had some good time with the Nieces’ before you had to take your shot. Sorry your feeling crappy now but you kinda expected that. I hope it passes soon and you can feel as good as you did this morning. You have told me about the trial your Dad did for the drug but knowing it was people like him that enabled it to be available for you is awesome. Feel better soon, ((Hugs))

  3. deneen says:

    i am glad that you can take something that drains you so physically and find the positive in it! and THANK you for sharing with us! AND thank you for educating us! please know i think of you everyday – xoxoxoxoxoxo

  4. crsilver2013 says:

    I never knew that Neuslata is the new generation of Nupogen. At that time he was taking the shots, it was very experimental, so we have come a long way. Nupogen also made your Dad’s bones hurt. Love you

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