Breast cancer: 12 months in 12 minutes

Breast cancer: 12 months in 12 minutes

Today marks one year since being diagnosed with breast cancer. I remember it was a very nice day much like today. It was kind of hard to enjoy because we knew the call could come, but as the day went on I didn’t think it was going to happen. The call came around...
After chemotherapy, before mastectomy

After chemotherapy, before mastectomy

It’s been four weeks since my last chemotherapy treatment and boy does it feel GREAT!!! For the most part I am getting back to feeling normal. My tastebuds seem to be back and the sensitivity in my nails has pretty much gone away. I have been taking the...
Last chemo treatments

Last chemo treatments

It feels good to know that I have completed my last chemo treatments. We are now moving forward to me having my double mastectomy in a month. For the most part I still have been feeling pretty good. The only side effect that has been getting a little worse is the...
Reconstruction options, MRI, neutrophils

Reconstruction options, MRI, neutrophils

Two of my girlfriends from Circle of Hope happen to have had the same plastic surgeon that I have. They each underwent a different breast reconstruction procedure. I asked if we could meet up so they could show me what their breasts look and feel like.  I was able to...
Life during chemo: Taxol 7 & 8

Life during chemo: Taxol 7 & 8

We survived the Polar Vortex that came the first part of this month. Our car was prepared with extra blankets, mittens, hats etc. Luckily we were able to make it to my chemo treatments without any interruptions. 2014 began with a terrible tragedy in our neighborhood....
Chemo, Christmas & New Year’s

Chemo, Christmas & New Year’s

I have been in better spirits this past couple of weeks. I loved being together with family and friends during the holidays. I was so happy that everyone was feeling well and we were able to be with both our families for Christmas. It has been so much fun playing with...
Holiday depression

Holiday depression

I finished the book Empty Mansions that I had downloaded from the library to my Kindle. That was pretty fascinating, to read about the wealthy Clark family and how much the heiress Huguette gave away to her caregivers. I am now in the middle of reading Eat Pray Love...
Video: Mehndi (henna tattoo) on my head

Video: Mehndi (henna tattoo) on my head

We had a very quiet Thanksgiving, Mark and I celebrated by ourselves at home. We went for an afternoon walk at Petrifying Springs in Kenosha. Then on Saturday my girlfriend Michelle came over and decorated my head with a henna tattoo (also known as Mehndi) using the...
Video: Finishing A/C chemo, starting Taxol

Video: Finishing A/C chemo, starting Taxol

I can’t tell you how great I feel right now. I have the worst of the 4 treatments behind me and I got through the first treatment of Taxol without any problems to speak of. The first night after treatment I had so much energy that it was hard for me to get to...
How to tie a head wrap: Video tutorials

How to tie a head wrap: Video tutorials

When I found out that I was going to have to undergo chemotherapy and that my hair was going to fall out, it didn’t really bother me. I never had a breakdown or felt bad that it was all going away. I kind of wanted to embrace it. I figured this would be an...
Video: My head shaved after 2nd chemo

Video: My head shaved after 2nd chemo

I wasn’t sure what I was going to do when my hair started coming out. I thought that maybe Mark and I could tackle it on our own with a pair of clippers borrowed from my sister Marianne. Then last week I received a phone call from my sister Kim who works as a...
Video: Hair loss, chemo treatment 2

Video: Hair loss, chemo treatment 2

It’s happening, my hair loss has begun. So it’s a good thing I have the appointment for my head shaving on Thursday. I have been wearing a cap when I sleep as well as when I am sitting around the house. I find it helps to make my scalp feel a little better...
‘Look Good Feel Better’ cosmetics workshop

‘Look Good Feel Better’ cosmetics workshop

Everything so far is going well with my breast cancer treatment. The very good piece of news that I received this week is that I have tested negative to both BRCA mutations (BRCA1 and BRCA2). So that makes me feel better for the chances of any of my six sisters coming...
First week of chemotherapy: Wig selection

First week of chemotherapy: Wig selection

Last week, besides beginning chemotherapy, I had my appointment for my wig fitting at Lucia’s Wigs with The Salon in Kenosha. Melissa Simon is the wig specialist there and is such a kind and compassionate person. She is very knowledgeable about dealing with...
Neulasta after first chemotherapy treatment

Neulasta after first chemotherapy treatment

Today I am feeling great. Yesterday was not too bad. I woke a little nauseous but that went away. We had to go back to the hospital for my shot of Neulasta. The only thing I noticed yesterday was being a little sleepy most of the day. I lightly slept while Mark drove...
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