• 29Mar

    in-style-magazineEver the optimist, I’ve found another bright spot about going through chemo — I’ve gained so much time back. One example: I sat down yesterday to read “In Style” magazine. this is usually a 45 — 90 minute activity, as I read through all the articles on shampoo, conditioner, hair gel, hair brushes, hair mousse, hair color, blow dryers, curling irons, flat irons, hair spray, and “how to make your hair curly, straight, bobbed, sexy, short, long, tussled or professional”. In addition to complete disinterest in all things related to hair, I’m not buying any new clothes this season (combination of the fact that all our money went to the plastic surgeon and that I have no clue what I’ll look like when I’m done with this plastic surgery journey).

    I made it through the magazine in 12 minutes. very efficient ………… although I’m not going to think about the cost per minute of reading my once favorite magazine……………….

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  • 21Mar

    woman-relaxing1You know you’re working too much when Friday mornings at chemo become your treasured break of the week. Someone asked me if I dread going to chemo and sadly, I admitted that it’s my most restful time of the week: no meetings, no conference calls and no laundry!

    Thanks to the miracle of wireless technology, I catch up on the hundreds of emails I didn’t get to read all week at work. I watched the entire second season of Mad Men on my lap top. I read the funny things my friends have said on Face book while drinking endless cups of hot tea and while munching on a tote bag full of granola bars and M&M’s. It’s no canyon ranch, but it’s much better than I had imagined….

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  • 14Mar

    A friend of mine at work stopped me in the hall last week and said (in a loud voice) that I looked like I’d gained weight. For the first time in my adult life, I said, “thank you” and I actually meant it.

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  • 07Mar

    After you have surgery, driving is very difficult. You have very limited use of your arms, and it’s nearly impossible to back up because you can’t turn your body sideways and lift your arm up over the passenger’s seat to see what’s behind you. Lots of wheel turning is also difficult because you’re weak. Two weeks after surgery, I had mastered the art of driving forward. Grocery stores were easy because they have “pull through” spaces. I could also master the kinds of parking lots with lots of room where you could back out straight, looking only in your rear view mirror (I know; that’s against what they taught us in driver’s education!!!).

    Just as you’re starting to heal from surgery, you start going back to the plastic surgeon to have tissue expanders expanded and you get back to a post surgical tightness and soreness for a few days. You’re also there “every 5 minutes” for issues with your drains, your scars and your constant pain.   Here’s the irony:  crowded-parking-lotthe plastic surgeon (who has the most beautiful doctor’s office I’ve ever seen, complete with office manager concierge in a channel suit!) has the smallest parking lot with spaces to tight only a golf cart could fit. A little ironic, isn’t it??

  • 01Mar
    • You literally can’t find a chair in the chemo room. Every week there are more and more patients. How come the economy is tanking but the business of cancer is strong??
    • I have no hair on my head; I’m down to 3 eyelashes each eye and yet I still have to shave my legs?