Posts by Wiggle Twist

Chemotherapy Recovery Week 3

Chemo recovery week 3 started off busy, but has settled into a more sedate pace this weekend. Nausea is still there but lessening. Hot flashes still continue. Fatigue is lessening, but I have to be careful not to overdo it. This week has delivered a new side effect – swelling of the ankles. While I…

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National Cancer Survivor’s Day

Today is National Cancer Survivor Day. While yes, there is much to celebrate when you come out the other side, there is much to mourn as well. Let me tell ya, survivor guilt is a very real and hard to process thing. Because I did nothing different than so many who didn’t make it. I…

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Taxol Hair

Hair fresh from the shower. A bit poofy and definitely gaining some length. Still very fine, and very soft. Starting to fill in, but there are still a few thin areas. Hair loss is such a huge part of going through chemotherapy. It is the visual manifestation that proclaims to the world that you have…

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Listening

When you totally overdo it at the theme park and need to take a break. Back at the car, in the shade, with a breeze. Nap time! This recovery process is so much about rest, and paying attention when my body says no. Today I pushed a bit too far, and my body shouted “NO”.…

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Chemotherapy Recovery Week 1

Yesterday marked my first Thursday NOT sitting in the infusion center receiving chemotherapy!! Hooray!! It was odd to have my schedule so suddenly open. No trips to the nurse clinic for labs and PICC dressing changes. No more Zarzio shots!! No sitting in traffic, arranging childcare, or adjusting the homeschool lesson plans. Freedom from chemo…

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Last Chemo Sticks Around

Last chemo treatment has still got me in its clutches. This anticipatory nausea is going to take some time to fade away. My body has no idea that it is done being subjected to weekly treatment. It will learn, but it will take time. I have been in treatment since December, and it will take…

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Rebellion

Let me tell ya, rebellion tastes pretty amazing today 🇺🇸 I totally broke the NO Coffee rule this morning. When you’re trying to maintain a significant hydration level caffeine isn’t going to help with that, in fact, it is going to hinder it significantly. Caffeine is a diuretic, and contributes to dehydration. I’ve been without my…

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Cancer Treatment Support System

“One day she finally grasped that unexpected things were always going to happen in life. And with that, she realized the only control she had was how she chose to handle them. So, she made the decision to survive using courage, humor and grace. She was the Queen of her own life and the choice…

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Last Chemotherapy Treatment

8 months of treatments: 1 lump 1 bilateral mastectomy 2 expanders 1 PICC line 19 lab draws 16 infusions of chemotherapy I’m done! Today we celebrate! We brought Krispy Creme doughnuts for the nurses, and my daughter skipped school and did homework while sitting in the infusion center with me! This man and these kids.…

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Saying Thank You

Because saying “Thank You” is so very important! This sweet succulent mix is my sidekick for the next appointment. Today I say goodbye to my Nurse clinic visits. It is the last time my PICC line bandaging needs to be changed, and my pre-chemo labs drawn. These nurses have been amazing at keeping my PICC…

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