Hi everyone!! I thought I'd get a chance to write more but here it is more than a week since my last chemo and I haven't had a chance to check in!
Bubbysmom, ditto, I'm so sorry about your diagnosis but also so glad you've joined us. Not sure if you've read through the whole thread plus the last one (now archived but there is a link to it at the beginning of this thread) It's probably a lot to digest but I remember us all talking about so many of these issues, breastfeeding, hair falling out (I sported a mohawk for a week--kinda empowering!). My boys were 7 months and 3 1/2 years when I was diagnosed in March--Maxwell, now 4, has been incredible through my whole treatment--we had a child life specialist (one of the perks of living in Canada--covered by health care!!) help with educating him about the cancer and treatment, on the assumption that the more knowledge one has the less fear--it has so far proven true, he helps explain to people about the "chemoferapy", and the different kinds of cells in our bodies, etc., and is always bringing me little things (like flowers and rocks and licorice) that he thinks will help kill the cancer cells. Every age is different though, I can't imagine what my baby thinks about my hair falling out, he always laughs when I put my wig on (which isn't that often) and likes to slap my bald head! I was also diagnosed at stage 3a and have had a mastectomy, chemo and am starting radiation sept 19th. I will start sending you good healing vibes!!!!
BioK is great for healthy flora during chemo, it is little individual containers of live acidophillus, kinda like supercharged yogurt and comes in either a dairy or soy base.
We're back up at the cottage now, feeling very happy to be finished chemo!! I did finish on the 19th, my birthday, thanks everyone for all your well wishes!!
It was an absolutely incredible day, DH brought a huge cake into the hospital which we shared with all the nurses including my special nurse Manny (I think I mentioned he was also born Aug 19, 1964--weird eh) and the other patients. My kids came too and helped me ring the bell at the end. It was a freaky weather day with near tornados and biblical flooding, at one point in the afternoon we looked outside and it was pitch black like nighttime--my ds said it looked like Kansas! (Myrrh, more Wizard of Oz references--he watched it for the first time recently, I'm thinking about you completely melting that witch!!) When we got back to our house the skies opened and it POURED warm rain and we all danced around and got SOAKED and then then the sun popped out, it felt glorious. We capped the day by going down to Cherry Beach to watch the full moon rise over the lake. WOW.
Hey, I better get to bed, everyone's asleep except me!!
, don't want one of the munchkins to fall out!
Biggest love and kisses to everyone, EFmom, Traci, AuntieM, Myrrh, owensmom, bubbysmom
I'm thinking so much about you all!!!