- 1,051,200 Minutes
- The best way out is through
- The Firsts – Emotional Soup
- An Open Letter of Thanks to the BC Cancer Agency
- Just when you think it’s safe to go back in the water …
- 365 Days – and counting
- It’s not like there’s going to be a cake or anything …
- The Terrible Twos
- There and back again
- Embracing Fear
- When a Bad Hair Day is a Good Thing
- It’s the little things
- Shifting Gears – Treatment Mode to Recovery Mode
- It’s Been Nice Knowing You 2015 – Don’t Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out
- Everything’s Coming Up Hair Sprouts All Over!!!!!
- Two More Zaps to Go
- Radiation – Zaps with a Purpose
- Marks of Distinction – Radiation Tattoos
- Spunk Counts
- Chemotherapy Graduation Day
- Necessity is the mother of invention
- My Nutrition Regime has a Positive Effect on Blood Work – Yay!
- You Give Me Fever …
- Half-way Point Lessons Learned
- Chemo – Round 2
- How We Can Improve the Patient Experience
- I’m Shedding
- How is Chemotherapy Like Pregnancy?
- The Goldilocks Conundrum
- Chemo – Round 1
- Chemo Orientation
- There’s an App for that – NOT!
- Now it Feels Like Cancer – Chemo Makes it “Real”
- Post-Operation Guides – The Importance of Saying What You Mean
- Nuclear Poo, Tidy Bowl Pee & Smurf Boobs
- The Big Day – Really, it’s Day Surgery
- Bumped – or What do ORs and Airplane Seats Have in Common?
- Deja Vu – Wasn’t I Just Here in This Giant Metal Donut?
- Bags of Frozen Peas, not Diamonds, are a Girl’s Best Friend
- Better Out Than In – Surgery is Scheduled
- Who’s In Charge Here? Or, How Come I Have Cancer and I Haven’t Seen an Oncologist yet????
- Terms of Engagement
- Telling Family & Friends
- Let The Mind Games Begin
- Biopsies and Frozen Peas
- Why Do They Do So Many Freakin Tests?
- Nature Abhors a Vacuum – Research Sins
- From “oh, that feels different” to “Let’s get that checked”
Tag Archives: side effects
I may have mentioned that my new definition of courage is every chemotherapy patient who shows up for their subsequent rounds of chemo. For the first round, you don’t know what will happen and how your body will react. You … Continue reading
It’s almost two weeks since I completed chemotherapy. Graduation day was October 29. Just over two months from start to finish.* Time flies even when you’re not having fun. The mood was much lighter for this final session. I didn’t … Continue reading
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
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
I’m half way through my chemotherapy treatment program. And, like any good PMP (project management professional), I figured now is a good time to do a quick analysis of what I’ve learned so far, what’s working, what isn’t, what wisdom … Continue reading
It’s the day after my second round of chemo. Now I’m half way there. Two down, two to go. Eye on the prize. Because I knew what to expect, this round was less anxiety-inducing. I still took the Ativan, as … Continue reading
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
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
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