During the bouts of cancer diagnosis and treatments, Rachel writes e-mails to keep her friends and family updated on her thoughts and spiritual walk.


August 8, 2004

Ok…I’m officially scared.


Started getting nervous last night as we passed the 48 hour mark. It’s just the anticipation of being sick…I can’t imagine it being that bad but not knowing exactly how I’ll feel while knowing that “something” is coming isn’t too fun.


Also wanted to let you know the answers to a few questions I’ve been asked a couple of times:


My appointment is at 3:00 pm tomorrow. I go to the BC Cancer Agency for all my chemo treatments. Neil is coming with me. My mom is still here and will stay until we know how things go and when will be the best time for her to go home for a break.


Apparently I start experiencing side effects right away. Some of these will go away as soon as the treatment is finished (i.e. metallic taste in my mouth, tingling, etc.). Nausea apparently starts soon after and, from what I’ve been told, are worst on Day 2 and Day 3. My hair starts falling out within a few days or weeks after the first treatment. We’ll see. I’m still rooting for the eyebrows to hang in there. Aaah….vanity.


Thank you for all your prayers and e-mails of support. You have no idea what an encouragement they are to me.


Will let you know how it goes.



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