A few words to bring us up to date, as it is going to take a bit of time to fill in all the details of the past few weeks.
31 October marks the end of Breast Cancer Awareness month. ‘Nuff said, I think (for now!)
I am doing well. It’s 8 days after the first chemo, 10 days since the second (small) surgery for a wee repair and to put in my USB port so I can download movies while having chemo, 26 days after the big surgery and 29 days after the diagnosis. I still have hair, though all the pointers suggest that I won’t for much longer as it usually disappears between the first and second week. That’ll be something to get my head round 😉 . Still thinking of my strategy – blonde wig, expensive silk scarves, baldie…? Not decided yet.
Ahead I have 7 more chemo sessions, radiation therapy and hormone treatment. So I am not quite half way yet 😉 I love the suggestion from my friend J that I should plan treats for each treatment – a great idea! I bought myself two books but then realised that books are essentials not treats, so I have a treat in credit.
I also met a wonderful woman who is going through something very similar – we have a lot in common and I am lucky that we can share elements of this journey together.
I am determined to do what I can to build my strength and resilience and am really grateful for information and details of good foods to eat, yoga when I get back to Yangon and other creative and healing things to do. Though I know that the toast and marmite diet seems to be the only approach in the chemo days – let’s see.
Yesterday and today I met up with special friends (Bangkok is great as people are based here as well as passing through) and I rounded off today with a nice wander round Benjasiri Park, gently swinging the twangy arm – now that’s progress!