My Cancer Story

“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 was hers.” ~ Queenisms™

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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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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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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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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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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Surviving The Storm

  So very true. 🌸 I am changed in so many ways. I often feel as though the last months have been the most intensive dream. It’s like those first days when you bring home a newborn and your life is no longer your own. It is elementally changed. You are sleep deprived, hormonal, and living…

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