Just reading you and B's story. Thank you for sharing and I feel I know you guys already and would want to be friends:)
Docataxel was not easy for me but one bright spot was that after losing all my body hair, my head hair grew back really strong, and a bald spot that I had appearing at the crown filled in and disappeared. So there you go, chemo cures baldness :)
I now only shave every few days and to be honest that is actually quite nice.I'm looking at another form of chemo two years down the track. I was diagnosed with extensive widespread bony mets and tumors in the lymph nodes Nov 2015, major pain was the right hip and pelvis area, so quite similar to B..
It has been a roller coaster but I have had so many great memories over the last two years and I'm sure I have many more to look forward to.
One thing that seems different where I am being treated (New Zealand) is that we move to opiate based pain treatments very quickly. For me this has been fantastic. I take regular paracetamol and Oxycodin (slow release) with pretty much unlimited access to Oxynorm (Fast acting) for pain spikes. No Tramadol, codeine, amitrip, ibuprofen (was using but advised against long term use) etc. Perhaps not for everyone,but I swear by it, only side effect is constipation which can be managed.
I have also had 6 RT treatments targeting different parts of the spine, in each case scans (and pain) show visible improvement, although I think this is probably only relatively short lasting.
Best wishes for the future and treasure the good moments, there will be many.
PS Great to hear about the kids too, you must both be very proud of them