Chemotherapy is bloody hard, isn't it? It's unfortunate that to destroy a cancerous tumour, we sometimes have to insert toxic chemicals into our body. We must be living the dream. The sessions of chemotherapy are bad enough, but the struggles afterwards can sometimes be even worse. So let's welcome 2019 with my tips of getting … Continue reading Getting Through Chemo: Tips
In case you are new around here, and haven't had the delight of encountering the abundance of hospital wards; EAU stands for emergency assessment unit - yes, it's as scary as it sounds. You may be wondering - well, what's the difference between EAU and A&E? I couldn't give you the text book definition but … Continue reading EAU – My First Experience!
I’ll never forget it… the text I received from my sister on the 15th May 2018: ‘I’m going to the Horton right now, I have an enlarged lymph node in my chest, it could be lymphoma.’ What? How is that possible? She’s 20 years old, she’s too young to get cancer and not my sister… … Continue reading Cancer: A Sister’s Perspective
It begins with waiting... hoping that it's good news or no news. Staring at the four walls of an empty doctors clinic with chairs circled around a table filled with old magazines. Biting your nails until there's nothing left, and bopping your leg up and down to cure the anxious feeling in your stomach, but … Continue reading Being Told You Have Cancer
This chemotherapy was a little different. I was no longer having chemotherapy at The Churchill hospital, I have moved to a little chemotherapy centre in my town. They have one haematologist on the ward, so as long as my chemotherapy is on the same day she is in, I can go ahead with it. I … Continue reading Chemotherapy: The Fourth
My third chemotherapy was at The Churchill and this time I was upgraded to the big recliner chairs - get in! It was a long wait before they even started the chemotherapy, they looked really busy and a few nurses were dotted around attending to people. I didn't mind the wait, I had brought a … Continue reading Chemotherapy: Three’s A Crowd
Christmas is the time of gift giving and surrounding yourself with family and people you love. I love buying people presents, because I love seeing the joy on someones face when they're opening their present. Have you ever thought about giving the gift of blood? I'm not saying you should cut yourself open and spew … Continue reading Give The Gift Of Blood
It's common to experience loneliness when you're going through cancer, it's an extremely difficult time. Whether you're being diagnosed, going through treatment or you've finished cancer treatment altogether... cancer can make you feel really isolated. There isn't a total quick fix for this, but there are a few things you can do to help yourself. … Continue reading Cancer and Loneliness: Meet Eva!
Let's really talk about losing hair... When I was told I was going to have chemotherapy, they walked me through what each drug is and what each one does. In one of the R-CHOP chemotherapy drugs, there's one particular one that causes your hair to fall out, personally I call this drug the evil one, … Continue reading Bald and Beautiful
My 24 hours heart monitoring experience was for my SVT, which was diagnosed half way through my chemotherapy. I know, aren't I lucky? Anyway, they wanted to see what my heart does in the short window of 24 hours. It was a five minute appointment, where they stuck the wires around my chest on various … Continue reading 24 Hour Heart Tape Monitoring