Cancer (so far as I know) is squarely in the rearview mirror and I want to get back to feeling toned and trim and to enjoy the confidence that comes with knowing that I look as good as I feel. There is a bit of a reckoning that I’m working through though, and I don’t quite know what’s real and what’s an excuse.
Category: breast cancer
How fast will my hair grow back after chemo?
If it helps you benchmark what to expect, understanding that everyone’s cancer is unique, our treatments were likely different, and that individual hair growth varies from person to person, here are pics and timeframes for my own hair regrowth, Year 1.
I don’t want to have a colonoscopy (and I’m doing it anyway)
Thinking of skipping your colonoscopy? Don’t.
Just because you’re bald doesn’t mean you can’t…
Rock a runway. In a wedding dress. With a fascinator attached to barely-there peach fuzz.
It’s probably nothing (but still get it checked)
Jelly bean sized lump of nothing? *crosses fingers and toes*
Should you exercise during chemo?
It depends. Mine was erratic, but I’m still glad I made time for it.
I declined this blood test. Here’s why.
If cancer cells are still circulating, I don’t want to know.
Scar tissue pain two years later? Yep, it’s a thing.
Be neither afraid nor ignorant when breast pain presents.
Ways to pass the waiting (for test results) time
You can fret or… you can find healthy ways to wait it out. I choose the latter.
What I wish I’d known about Taxol
You have options! Don’t suffer silently.
When in doubt, get it checked out
Being your own advocate isn’t just for active treatment.
Stop saying “that doesn’t apply to me”
We can all give of our time, our treasure, and our talents to bless those who are hurting. Share your gifts!