adriene hughes having blood pressure reading on ankle in the infusion room, moores cancer center, university of california, san diego

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I have to say this is a first for me—having my blood pressure taken on my ankle. I started a new chemotherapy drug called Paclitaxel (otherwise known as Taxol). The nurses were monitoring my vital signs because it was my first time on this drug and there was the possibility of experiencing a reaction. I have to say it was not an easy chemo session. The gods were not kind that day. Instead of kindness I received a handout full of information that would soothe me, “Paclitaxel is made from the needles and bark of certain kinds of yew trees. It is meant to interfere with the growth of rapidly dividing cells, like cancer cells, and eventually causes these cells to die.” So I say to the gods interfere with the cells, interfere with my blood. I may lay limp and damp with fine needles stuck in my arm, but eventually I will be rid of cancer no matter what. It’s just a matter of time.

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