I’m overdue a conclusion to the first part of my post on hair loss during chemo. It was an emotional post because losing my hair was a big deal for me. I felt more trauma thinking about losing my hair than my breasts because, to me, it was a more significant part of my identity. … Continue reading Hair again – through and post-chemo
Chemo is over – hooray! I haven’t posted an update for while, partly because of the last couple of rounds were more upsetting than I expected and partly due to fatigue that hit me after round 3. I've also had welcome distractions through school holidays and a visit from my mother-in-law but I have wanted to continue … Continue reading Chemo – the final rounds
The thought of losing my hair has troubled me since I found out that chemotherapy was a likely part of my treatment plan. I didn’t have chemo last time I had breast cancer so didn’t have to deal with this then. In my last post I wrote about how I opted to use cold cap … Continue reading Hair loss during chemo – part 1
As with most chemo drugs, there's a long list of potential side effects for those I’m on (TC – taxotere/docetaxel and cyclophosphamide). When chemotherapy was confirmed to be part of my treatment plan, the side-effects I focused on were sickness and hair loss (specifically the wild mane on my head). I’ll start with a bit … Continue reading Chemo – round 1 to 2
Six weeks ago, at the age of 35 (for another week anyway!), I had a double mastectomy. My understanding is that this is sometimes called a bilateral mastectomy (meaning both sides) and also referred to as a contralateral mastectomy (where breast has cancer and the other is healthy). Regardless of the terminology, I had both breasts … Continue reading My mastectomy
I remember my mum teaching me proverbs when I was little and my favourite was “every cloud has a silver lining”. I do try to look at the upside of situations and believe in the benefits of a positive mental attitude. Although my usual cheer has diminished of late (being diagnosed with cancer twice does … Continue reading Silver linings of support, love, kindness and peculiar moments (choosing to laugh instead of cry)
"You've done it once, you can do it again!" That is what a lot of people have said to me when they heard I got breast cancer again. I have told myself the same thing at times too, but this time is different. There are a few parallels between the two occurrences. It is the … Continue reading Same but different
Earlier this year I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Again. The first time was seven years ago when I was 28 and bizarrely I didn’t really think too much about it back then. Being so young and having no family history of the condition (at that time, things have since changed) meant it was quite … Continue reading Breast cancer again – and the start of a blog!