Even when I was a teenager, my face did not "break out."
Over the years, sun exposure has roughened my skin a bit. But, besides the freckles that I hated as a kid, my skin suited me just fine. Until now.
Every three weeks, before I get the Herceptin, I get a dose of hydrocortisone. Without the hydrocortisone, the Herceptin makes me itch... a lot. But the hydrocortisone makes my face break out... a lot.
So, when I met with my oncologist this past Tuesday, I asked if I could try skipping the hydrocortisone.
There was not much of a discussion. I am sensitive to the Herceptin, and the doctor thinks the hydrocortisone is absolutely necessary.
The fact that it makes my face break out is, relatively, insignificant. (to him)
As we were walking out of his office, my doctor joked about "writing on his blog": "I have a patient with metastatic breast cancer and she's worried about acne..."
Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.
With love and optimism,
a Soloveitchik visits Har Habayit
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