Thursday, July 20, 2017

Post Infusion #1

Currently, it's day 2 post infusion #1. I'm doing okay... a bit nauseous, tired and not quite myself, but the anti-nausea medicine helps a bunch. Hoping that after day 3 we can work out the meds and get a bit more active. 

Infusion day started off early with an MRI, (and a yummy breakfast date with my hubby!) of which results came back yesterday. I am praising God that they found nothing in my right breast, and what is in my left is exactly what the drs have been anticipating. There are actually a few masses, with a total of 9cm and a few abnormal lymph nodes. There are a few other findings noted that I'm sure mean something to the drs but I don't know how to interpret (they post test results on myhealth account through Stanford website). Regardless of the findings, the treatment would be the same as I am getting. I do have to say that even though it's crummy... it feels good to finally be doing something to kick this thing rather than just sit around and think about it.

Had a good meeting with Dr. Massarweh, and yet another resident (who kept looking at himself in the mirror--which I found pretty entertaining), where I found out that ALL of my scans last week came back clear... PRAISE GOD!!! No metastasis anywhere else!!! He again walked me through the medications, side effects and how to stay as healthy as possible in this process. Washing hands, staying away from big and/or close crowds (no movie theatres, etc), eating clean and healthy as much as I can, using the anti-nausea medications to help me manage, and funny stories to lighten the mood. 

Super great nurses and support in the infusion center. Dani explained things for about an hour... going over all the medicine, side effects, making sure to answer any questions and making sure I was comfortable. The first round of chemo she actually has to inject slowly, so she sat with me for about 20 minutes while doing that. The second kind of chemo comes in drip form, so Brian and I pulled up a show and kept ourselves busy and entertained for the hour or so it was going.

Got home to the most awesome sign made by the kids and Aubrey (our sweet friend who was staying with the kiddos). 

These last couple days have been not as terrible as I had anticipated. Like I said before, I definitely don't feel normal, but it's not as bad as I had imagined--my guess is because the meds are helping keep the nausea at bay and the prayers that are covering me from every angle! Every once in a while it waves over me, but then it passes and we keep going. My amazing husband is just that... amazing. So thankful for him, and for all the love and support from so many friends.


  1. Love to you and your family!
    Stay strong and take those anti nausea meds regularly!

  2. Thanks a million Kirsten. I knew people would be contacting you and not feeling I didn't want to overwhelm you with questions and love. We are all so thankful for your loving husband to be there with you. And for your friends and children who make you feel so loved and cared for! What a great sign they made for you!! We're praying for continued great results and quick recovery! Love you so much!!

    1. Richard Fabulich (dad)July 20, 2017 6:00 PM

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  3. Hope wins!!! Yes! I love to hear your updates - we will continue to pray for you and believe for complete healing!

  4. Thank you so much for the update! God is good! Sending you love. Standing by for any food requests you may have!

  5. Praise God! You're a rock star and I am proud to call you my friend. Love you

  6. Lindy GiovannoniJuly 20, 2017 8:32 PM

    Thank you for posting. You've been in my thoughts.
    I'm happy to hear your being treated at Stanford. They are the best.

    Healing is underway! Prayers being prayed! Love is surrounding you!

  7. Kirsten, your faith is inspirational! I continue to pray for you.

  8. Oh, Kirsten! I had no idea you were going through all this! I have watched two friends go through chemo for breast cancer and both are doing great. Treatments have improved so much! Just keep in mind when you feel nauseous and sick that cancer is not doing that to you, you are choosing to do that to cancer to kick it! We will keep you in our prayers!