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Category: Chemotherapy
jc.chessell
Jul
15

Hair today, gone tomorrow

I really didn’t expect to be so upset by my hair loss. I’d had short hair for as long as I could remember, thought it would be no big deal. My hair had been every colour under the rainbow, even, I think, my own. I had grown it out the year before my diagnosis, and kept it a pretty “grown up” blonde. I figured… Read More

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countesstt
Jul
07

SO LONELY

Now that I was in isolation, I made myself at home in my hospital room because I knew I was going to be there for awhile.  Mike brought me pjs, slippers, my quilt, the portable DVD player, movies and some books.  I was hooked up to an IV and other things for the first couple of days.  I slept a lot the first… Read More

Posted in: Chemotherapy

jc.chessell
Jun
19

What Makes A Good Chemo Buddy?

One thing you need during chemo is a buddy. Your chemo buddy is someone who will not only drive you to the hospital, but will provide snacks, laughs and sometimes silence….A very important role. If you are ever in the market for a chemo buddy, here are some tips you may want to keep in mind: 1. Just being a… Read More

The Guest Room
Apr
28

Andrea Douglas: Laughter is the best medicine

I walked into the restaurant, found Kathleen and pulled off my hat. She looked at me, speechless. “Rapunzel,” she finally blurted out. Not a funny story in and of itself. Except my hair was barely a centimetre long at the time — hardly the long, flowing locks of legend. It was one of my first public forays “au naturel” — which for me meant no wig, no hat and no headscarf. Yes, this is a story about breast cancer. About illness. About losing your hair. But mostly, it’s about friendship and feeling lucky. It’s about an incredible group of women whose shared laughter has become, for me, one of the most beautiful sounds on earth. Read More

countesstt
Mar
03

INVISIBLE

I have mentioned that there were several low points on this journey that will always stand out in my mind.  The second one happened the morning after I was admitted to the hospital and put into isolation.  This low point was really bad.  I call it “Silent on the Stretcher”. I woke up soaking wet because of… Read More

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