Monthly Archives: August 2015

How is Chemotherapy Like Pregnancy?

As I saw a very pregnant woman walking down the street last week, clearly uncomfortable and carrying a bag of stuff that she needed to get through the day, it occurred to me that chemotherapy patients and pregnant women have … Continue reading

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The Goldilocks Conundrum

I have discovered prune juice. Prune juice is one of nature’s gifts. Side effect drugs have their own side effects, it turns out. One of the side effects of a drug they give you to manage chemo side effects is … Continue reading

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Chemo – Round 1

It’s 36 hours after my first chemo infusion. It is a very strange feeling to willingly sit in a recliner lounger in a room with up to 3 other patients and let a chemotherapy nurse put an IV in your … Continue reading

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Chemo Orientation

Today I learned more about chemotherapy than I ever thought I’d need to know. My chemo buddies (two close friends came for support) and I arrived at the cancer clinic for our meeting with my oncologist at 9am. I thought … Continue reading

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There’s an App for that – NOT!

Going through chemotherapy is an incredibly complex thing. I know this and I haven’t even started yet. The second thing I did, after first crying, when I found out that chemo was in my future was look for an app … Continue reading

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Now it Feels Like Cancer – Chemo Makes it “Real”

I started the email to friends and family with the subject line: You might not get what you want … I sure didn’t get what I wanted. But the experts who have all weighed in on the yes/no question of … Continue reading

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Post-Operation Guides – The Importance of Saying What You Mean

Every operation comes with instructions about what to do after. The lumpectomy instructions told me to bring a sports bra or similar for support. It also said you must have someone drive you home because of the anaesthetic. (The sentinel … Continue reading

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Nuclear Poo, Tidy Bowl Pee & Smurf Boobs

It’s day one of surgery recovery. I’m still not allowed to drive because of the anaesthetic (24 hrs was the edict). I have nice white padded bandages on my two incisions, so I can’t see how long they are, but … Continue reading

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The Big Day – Really, it’s Day Surgery

My surgery buddy picked me up at 5:45 am. I’d not had anything to eat or drink since 10pm the night before, as instructed. Not that I could have eaten anything due to nerves, but I was thirsty. The first … Continue reading

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Bumped – or What do ORs and Airplane Seats Have in Common?

It turns out that operating rooms are as rare a commodity as airplane seats, and they are routinely over-booked to ensure they are filled. Who knew. The good news is that you typically get bumped because there is someone sicker … Continue reading

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