The short answer to my title question? It depends. Yeah, that's not the answer I want, either. What I've found after two surgeries this year and cancer treatment (two rounds of chemo, surgery, radiation) six years ago is that the doctors will give you the best-case scenario. But they will also say, "It depends. Everyone … Continue reading So . . . how long does surgery or cancer treatment recovery take?
April 24th is a kind of birthday for me. It's the day I completed breast cancer treatments. And fittingly, this year's local Relay for Life is on April 25th. So I'm looking at this year's Relay event as a "birthday" celebration of my third year as a cancer-free person. But I'm not only feeling celebration … Continue reading An Upcoming “Birth”day: Three Years After Cancer Treatments
I'm ending this year so tired, really tired, very tired, but in a lovely way. Not in the so-tired-and-weak way of February right after the end of chemo when I didn't have the energy to walk to the mailbox. No, a different tired. One that says I'm still not recovered from eight weeks of chemo … Continue reading Endings and births: Goodbye 2012, Welcome 2013
"Waiting" is an appropriate title this time, don't you think? I've not posted in almost two weeks. So "waiting" seems apt. That's what I've been doing. Waiting. Our society isn't much for waiting. We of drive-through fast food. We of the time-is-money attitude. We of no time to wait for anything anywhere. We're people of … Continue reading Waiting
This weekend, I feel broken. When I think on the last year, I know I am broken. I am not who I was last August. My upcoming mammogram tomorrow along with the reminders of this season are all making me reflect on this past year. What I feel now is brokenness. When I look in … Continue reading Broken
"Who am I?" is a question we all consider, especially at the crisis times of our lives. It's certainly one that comes up a lot when you've been diagnosed with cancer and are undergoing treatments. We have been considering that question in our Sustainable Wellness group offered by Cancer Navigators in Rome, Georgia. I'm revisiting … Continue reading Terrible and Wonderful: Chapter 2
After my morning chemo treatment on Thursday, I went to be acupunctured for the first time ever. It was the gift of a dear friend. I'd read that acupuncture can help with chemo side effects, so I didn't hesitate in saying yes to the offer. Yes, acupuncture involves needles (thus the "puncture" part), and I … Continue reading Acupuncture and chemo