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How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Needles


Yeah, so, round three of AC is complete. This means I’ve got one more round of AC, and then I move into weekly doses of taxol. Wheee!

Weekly doses of a chemo drug sounds terrible, but multiple doctors have told me that the T in ACT is easier to handle than the AC, so I’m strangely looking forward to it. I’m just ready for all of it to be over, but I need to be patient. I’ve got an entire summer of T to deal with.

So, to help me deal with the nausea, the nurses at Kaiser finally talked me into trying acupuncture. Even though acupuncture is free through Kaiser, I was being resistant. I had a ton of excuses.

  • “Ugh. I’m tired of getting poked with needles.”
  • “I don’t want to haul my ass to Kaiser when I don’t have to.”
  • “It’s just one more thing to deal with, and I don’t want to deal with it.”
  • “This ‘Law & Order’ marathon isn’t going to watch itself.”

The anti-nausea drugs have been working. The days following chemotherapy have been vomit-free, but there is still a queasiness in my stomach that doesn’t really go away. I was talking to a nurse about it, and she talked me into trying it. And by “talked me into” I mean, she kinda bullied me into it, and then just signed me up.

I was pretty nervous about it. No one wants to get poked with needles. I guess I had nervous written all over my face, because when I walked in the acupuncturist immediately put me at ease. He told me I wouldn’t even feel the needles, and he was right.



Look at all those needles! I didn’t feel them at all. He put them in, and I just chilled out in a recliner for 25 minutes. It was very relaxing. It’s kinda like when you paint your nails and it forces you to sit still while it dries – except instead of wet nails you have needles sticking out of your skin.

When he removed them he asked me how I felt, and – damn – if the queasiness wasn’t gone. I know that some folks don’t think acupuncture works, and maybe it’s all psychological, but it totally worked, you guys. I’m in. I’m signed up for another round on Monday, and I think I’m going to keep going through the 12 weeks of taxol.

What do you guys think? Acupuncture: Weird or not weird?





Author: The Sonia Show

I'm a writer/podcaster/mother/goober in San Francisco who likes to drink beer, shop, laugh and make other people laugh, watch old movies, feed my unhealthy obsession with pop culture, kick breast cancer's ass, go on adventures with my mighty, mighty good man David and my awesome autistic son, Calvin, wear orange and root for the San Francisco Giants, participate in general jackass-ery, talk about TV, eavesdrop on strangers' conversations, make nerdy “Star Wars” and “Simpsons” references, and post personal things about myself on the web for all to read, which makes me some sort of literary exhibitionist.

18 thoughts on “How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Needles

  1. Ouch.

  2. I still can’t get over the fact that there are needles lodged in there. I would start wiggling my toes and wondering if the needles were moving through masses of tissue and if I kept wiggling if they would hit a nerve and … Well, I just don’t think I could sit for 25 minutes without my overworked imagination killing me.

    • The needles don’t go very deep. They are right on the surface. I brought a magazine to distract me. Of course, I’ve got a short attention span these days. It wouldn’t take me long to forget there are needles in my feet.

  3. I really don’t like needles and don’t think I could do it, but everyone I know who has tried it says it works – I’m still not convinced though! Hope it does the trick

  4. Good for you! I am a major, *MAJOR*, fan of acupuncture. Totally and completely. My sweet Papa did acupuncture all through his 3 bouts of cancer (radiation & chemo treatments through out) and it really helped in a way that was miraculous. Again, good for you! 🙂

  5. You’ve convinced me to try it…a friend suggested it for chronic pain.

  6. Acupuncture is awesome. I was freaked out by it at first, but it always makes me feel better. AND I love that dreamy half-asleep / half-awake state it puts in me. So good.

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