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Examiner
  • My story: Bite the bullet and fight

  • Nearly a year since my diagnosis of breast cancer and I’m getting close to the end of my chemo. It’s been quite an experience – most of which I don’t care to repeat.

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  • Nearly a year since my diagnosis of breast cancer and I’m getting close to the end of my chemo. It’s been quite an experience – most of which I don’t care to repeat.
    When you are told you will be having chemo, read the folder that will tell you all of the things you might have happen. Go to Cancer Action – they are a great help with so many things. Let them help you!
    If you are going to lose your hair, just swallow your pride, bite the bullet and have your head shaved – beats waking up with hair all over your face one morning!
    Chemo does crazy things to your digestive system – buy “the pink stuff” for the lump you’ll get in you’ll get in your esophagus; and Miralax for the lump you’ll get further down the system. Then invest in a big box of Depends – the new Silhouette is great fittng, comes in a pretty pink – but FYI – it won’t make your butt look like Lisa Rinna’s. (Sorry!)
    If you notice dry, red spots on your skin, especially on your face, invest in a bottle of Bio-Oil (expensive but well worth it) – use it on your scalp also, if you have lost your hair.
    Rest is important, but so is exercise. Instant Breakfast will keep you going if you don’t feel like eating. In a blender with milk and a couple of scoops of ice cream – it’s great – you can also add some protein powder. Just do what works for you.
    Your nose will drip without any notice, so don’t lean over the soup pot. Just one more hazard of chemo. Don’t plan on having “glamour-nails” anytime soon. Chemo really does a job on them.
    Have some fun – take bets on what your hair will be like when it grows back. My hair was light brown and permed – it came in like a silver Shirley Temple – “Curly Top” – now after four months of growing, it looks more like Phyllis Diller on a bad hair day.
    I didn’t pick this fight, but I intend to win it, with the help of a great surgeon (I’ve been told I have a beautiful scar), terrific oncologist, and the sweetest, most caring oncology nurses! My greatest thanks goes to my daughters, niece, granddaughter and my “go-to” guy, my grandson, Conor.
    Last but not least, it’s so good to have caring and supportive friends and neighbors and ours are the best!
    We are so thankful!
     
     

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