Even so, Gainey’s weight remained stable, her immune system strong and her appetite good.
She really wasn’t all that concerned about losing her hair, either. “For me, I had a lot of fun with my hair,” she says.
When it started thinning, Gainey styled it into an upswept coiffure, somewhat reminiscent of a mohawk. When it was time, she shaved it all off.
“Fortunately, my head was pretty decent looking,” she says with a laugh. “It was actually very freeing not to have hair.”
Even though Gainey’s cancer is gone, she will receive infusions of the medication Herceptin three times a week until May. She’ll also have radiation daily for several weeks.
“The Herceptin and radiation are used as precautions,” she says. “Those will be the two things that I do next, and hopefully that’s it.”