Jane, who was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer, here she discusses her recovery from a double mastectomy and receiving a second round of chemotherapy.
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Yeah, I had my double mastectomy in February 2008, and I think in the recovery I was off from work for about four not only four weeks but four and a half weeks, and probably the biggest thing that was bothersome while I was recovering was I had two drains on either side coming out of the tissue where they removed the breast, and that was just having little extensions from you all the time and that kind of made it you want to stay close to home. You know your energy levels was low and it just takes a little while to kind get back on your feet, but the good thing was I didn’t ever had a lot of pain or anything like that, so that was the good part about that. But as soon as I really recovered I think it was about six or seven weeks after the surgery then I started my second round of chemotherapy which was Taxol. That was the drug and they decided to use a lower dose of Taxol and administered it one time every week for 12 weeks, so I was going in to the out-patient chemotherapy clinic to once a week to have that done. They found that there’s really just as good are better response with the low dose given more frequently than there is with the higher dose given less frequently and also it’s supposed to minimize the side effects that you have from the chemotherapy. What it happened that was a little bit frustrating I guess to me was my hair had started coming back in from having lost it during the first round of chemotherapy, and so I started to have this little bit of growth of hair and it was encouraging me, and I kept thinking, by Halloween I had a full head of hair and that would be great. Anyway but what happened is I’ve got through 11 weeks of the second round of chemotherapy, and my hair started falling out from the second round of chemotherapy, but it didn’t all fall out so I had patches of hair. And so now it’s growing hack in. It is just clumpy and really if I take my way go all fall short if I look like Kramer. I mean, I don’t know how it’s going to come out but it was funny.