Posted on October 26, 2016
Tuesday, October 25 (guest post by Audrey K.)
Hi all, I'm posting this on behalf of traci, who completed her first round of chemotherapy today!
1) Chemotherapy Day 1:
traci texted at 6 p.m. to say she was back home, feeling good, riding some anti-nausea medication, and preparing to “eat some chicken pho and take it easy for the night.” traci had company throughout the entire first day of chemo, including Joyce and her mom who were there all day (with “yummy onigiri with umeboshi,” of course). Special thanks also to Scott, Naomi, and Fe for supporting with visits, solidarity, laughter, and love.
traci asked that I relay all of her thanks “for all the folks who made their presence for the pre-chemo, pre-birthday hang in person, and through messages in ALL the ways (from text to quantum energetics)” as well as to everyone who has been able to make contributions. She added, “I have so much relief because of family, friends, chosen fam ... WITHOUT A DOUBT.”
2) General medical update:
traci will go through four rounds of chemotherapy, once every three weeks starting on October 25, with her final infusion on Tuesday, December 27. Recovery will take between 4 and 6 weeks after the final round of chemo, then she will start daily radiation and hormone therapy (the thing traci is least looking forward to, a daily hormone pill for 10 years).
She wants to reiterate: “But it's all good. I know i'm still super lucky and I am always ever-grateful.”
3) Crowdfunding update
If you are able to make a contribution, your generosity will help to offset unanticipated lost work time. traci will be going through chemotherapy until the end of December and has cleared her schedule from November to January, since she’s not sure how her body will react and will need to stay away from public and crowd-filled spaces, where the majority of her work happens (e.g. shows, rehearsals, universities, libraries, bookstores, museums, etc.)
- $700 (raised) will go toward the Reiki Master traci has seen before; she's giving traci a great discount so I can see her many times
- $1,200 will cover acupuncture appointments with the doctor who saw two of traci’s big sisters/elders when they went through cancer; that doctor has developed a program with Cedars-Sinai to incorporate acupuncture specifically for breast cancer.
4) Support requests
Now that traci’s medical treatment plan is in place, we are ready to move forward with informing folks who signed up to offer support about how they can plug in. We plan to send an email by this weekend with detailed instructions and time slots for rides, meal drop-offs, and limited visits.
If you have not had a chance to sign up yet, please fill out this form by Friday, October 28 to receive this email, which will also include more detailed information about food restrictions and other ways to offer support.
Again, thank you all for reading, donating, supporting, and sharing -- and all of the other ways that you are putting energy into the universe in support of traci’s medical care journey.