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It’s not like there’s going to be a cake or anything …

… said my ┬ábest friend when I commented on the fact that today is the first anniversary of “the lump”. A year ago today my doctor referred me for a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound after examining the lump I’d felt … Continue reading

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When a Bad Hair Day is a Good Thing

My Saturday Boot Camp class starts at 9am. It’s a 10 minute walk to the gym, and┬ásince it was cool enough to wear a hat (ok, let’s face it, I don’t have enough hair yet to go out without a … Continue reading

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Necessity is the mother of invention

For the five days after my chemo infusion, I have to inject myself with a drug called Neuprogen. It helps boost my white blood cell regeneration to guard against something called Febrile Neutropenia. (essentially, the inability to fight against infection … Continue reading

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You Give Me Fever …

One of the more nasty side effects of the chemotherapy drug Docetaxel is something called Febrile Neutropenia. That’s a fancy way of saying that something called neutrophils that are in your white blood cells get dangerously low. Those neutrophils are … Continue reading

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I’m Shedding

Well, exactly two weeks to the day from my first chemo appointment and my hair started falling out. I am so glad I cut it all off the day after my first chemo session! It’s bad enough waking up with … Continue reading

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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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