The hair loss was no surprise. As anticipated, it came away from my head, legs, armpits and the bikini area (huuuuuuge bonus not having to shave any of these areas, less the head). The eyebrows and eye lashes lasted up to the 6th round. You can tell I sleep on my left side because more … Continue reading Something not mentioned about chemo side effects
My wonderful friend, Dyana, shared a great resource at the beginning of my treatment called Cleaning for a Reason. They clean women living with cancer's homes during their treatment. I submitted an application, but unfortunately services weren't available in my area. (But! If you know someone going through cancer treatment outside of OC, they support … Continue reading Cleaning Tomorrow
If I had to choose a title for the imaginary book I'd write about this experience, it'd likely be called "All I Can Do Is Smile." I firmly believe that the energy you put into this world is the energy you get out of it and that attitude makes all the difference in a situation. … Continue reading Sneak Peek: IP Chemo Photo Day
I'll have results some time next week. The waiting game is back again.
Yesterday sucked. SUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCKED. Yesterday was definitely the absolute worst I've felt during the entire chemo treatment and that's saying something. I couldn't keep anything down. The day was spent throwing up and then dry heaving went well into the night. Did you know you can throw up and poop at the same time? It's awesome, … Continue reading And this is why I like routine
Started IP around 6. Will be out of here by 11. In solidarity, some friends are drinking the same amount of liquid that gets put into my abdomen. Beer was initially suggested, but we can't hang like we used to.
Update 5:00pm - I'm here and ready to rock and roll. Come visit. Please!! Kaiser Sand Canyon/Alton room 411. There's a phone on the 4th floor entrance where they will let you in. Text me to let me know if you're coming. I'll be here until at least 9pm. Update 3:30pm - bed ready! I … Continue reading The Last Infusion
I know the chemo is starting to wane when I can finally read my Facebook newsfeed without immediately wanting to throw up. It's a little test I give myself in the morning, and this morning I passed! Yesterday morning, not so much. For the first time since Round 2, I woke up to throw up … Continue reading The Final Push
Managing. Resting lots. Eating fine. Getting through. I've got this. I dream of sushi.
Ten years ago, my mother died from colon cancer after a three year battle. I was 24 years old, just shy of my 25th birthday. Ten years ago, I felt the world should stop and take notice of the life that was no longer. I felt a similar pang upon hearing my own cancer diagnosis. … Continue reading On Being 35