Hair, hair, hair, or not

Losing my hair is another phase of this adventure that I have embraced with gusto. I have been able to do things that I can honestly say were never on my radar before cancer. Let’s face it, hair is an accoutrement that most spend a good deal of time on. Men and women alike dye it, perm it, iron it, style… Continue reading

Food for thought … tacos!

I’m not much of  meat eater. I don’t have any issues with eating meat, it’s just not my food of choice. I’m more of a fruits-and-vegetables kind of gal. With chemo, protein is important to rebuild my blood between treatments, so I am making a real effort to include animal protein in my diet. What I have found is, chicken… Continue reading

Embracing all points in between …

In all honesty, it’s really not a complete bed of roses to get chemo. Now mid-stream after my second treatment, some things seem new, but in reality I probably just glossed over them the first time. I was so thrilled not to be vomiting uncontrollably that the minor maladies slid by without any real notice. Now, they are under a… Continue reading

Finding peace…

One of the most amazing things I have found with cancer is peace. It wasn’t easy, and there was a time when I thought it was impossible, but it has come. Looking back, I now know the path of peace has been available to me throughout my whole life, I just chose to take the path of strife, angst, anxiety and tension… Continue reading

My first chemo day and the butterfly effect …

For me, my first chemo day, was pretty uneventful. All the nurses at the UF Health Cancer Center are exceptionally nice and they were happy to explain anything and everything to me about the process as many times as I needed them to. In terms of the day itself, the first thing that happens is blood work, so off I went to the blood draw… Continue reading

I’m happy, really really happy. Oh, and I have breast cancer…

I’m happy. Really, I’m very, very happy. Oh, and I have stage 3 breast cancer. And I’m happy, really really happy. To catch you up on the last three months – End of June 2016 – ultrasound and mammogram showed calcification that had obviously gone on a growing binge. This did generate a little stress, but denial is a delightful panacea.… Continue reading