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Silence

Chemo-hangover and steroid withdrawal, like icy prods, seek deep sadnesses and chase them to my surface. Robbed of my fortitude by these chemicals, I writhe. But I’ve learned, these months, that this darkness will fade. ‘Til then, apt words from … Continue reading

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Chemo Prescriptions Underway: Check √

Today is chemo#5 — and Taxotere#2. In an effort to beat the week-long agony of the last round, I’m already digging deep into my tickle trunk of prescriptions. I’m heading into it much better prepared than last time. I treated … Continue reading

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Oncology Update: Q & A

No surrogate at my pre-chemo#5 oncology appointment today. Here’s the scoop: Can I avoid the full week of Taxotere-induced agony this round? If so, how? The answer was pretty much “Not really”. My oncologist entered the room shrugging and saying … Continue reading

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Exhaustion

After a certain number of sleepless nights, doesn’t your body have to finally fall asleep? Pain or no pain? Important Update: I finally got my pain medication to take the edge off my many complaints and was able to sleep … Continue reading

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I don’t know why, but that’s it

I don’t know why, but that’s it. For the first time since my first surgery way back in October, I’m throwing in the towel and going right back to bed. No juicing, no supplements, no exercise, no shower. I know … Continue reading

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Oncology Update: Mysteries Solved

Woohoo! All mysteries were solved at my pre-chemo-2 oncology appointment today: Why is my port-a-cath migrating in my chest? Apparently, this is just the result of reduced swelling around the incision (just like Mark told me it was). What’s with … Continue reading

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Gearing up for Chemo #2

Mysteries which I hope are solved at my pre-chemo oncology appointment today: Why is my port-a-cath migrating in my chest? What’s with the new lump just above my lumpectomy incision? Why are my forearms and wrists weak and painful since … Continue reading

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Head shaving party

It was 3 a.m. on the second day of her first chemo cycle and Andrea still couldn’t get to sleep. So she occupied herself with plans for shaving her head before her hair falls out — a certainty with breast … Continue reading

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