Arrived back from Rome early this morning and have now caught up with all your news. I have both laughed out loud in the last hour or so (at BC's bra lobbing-so, so funny) and cried (at Cybeles Ode To Joy link). I know I should be unpacking and generally de-holidaying but needed to catch up with all the news on here.
-last I heard you were feeling ill. Hope you are recovering now-you've gone quiet. Fingers crossed for you.
Sounds as though you are having a really horrendous time. Even if you're last in the chemo queue it just means you will have a bigger, happier group waiting for you at the finishing line!
Hope the Tamoxifen is ok. I am still too scared to open the packet and, I know, I was going to start after my holiday but I am going to wait a little longer...just till after a wee family party on Saturday. God I'm such a coward.
Your bra lobbing made me laugh so much! Hope you are feeling a wee bit better you've had a rough time of it.
How anyone copes with chemo and an ill mum is just beyond me...and neuropathy...and sore teeth.
Am cheering you on from laptop land. You've finished! If it's any consolation my sister's recent reconstruction looks amazing. It's not been easy for her but her breast looks really good to me!
You sound low. The whole weight thing is a nightmare. My sister has recently started slimming world and has lost masses of weight. I'm still resisting because I keep hoping I can shift the weight on my own but if not I will be signing up. It really does seem an amazing weight loss system.
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- By God that holiday will be well deserved. Just hope the powers that be come up with some brilliant plan to sort out your arm problems when you get back. Throughout this experience your posts have always made me laugh...right up to the salt sprinkling!
-Just caught up with your blog and was thinking about your last Fec when in Rome. I was very close to your namesake's temple but kids were all 'ruined' out and I had to be dragged away from the Forum to provide ice cream. I, of course, had wine. Things are tough for you now but you're at the end of the worse bit and you've made it through. Do not listen to any Demon's insistence that holidays are ill-advised. I was worried that I would be tormented by post radiotherapy fatigue and skin ailments but I was fine and am so glad I didn't postpone my trip.
So, Rome was great. I was worried that it wouldn't live up to my expectations but it did. In spades. I was really tired on day one after a long drive to the airport, a late arrival in Rome and the after effects of the previous weeks. I had a worryingly odd stabbing, spikey pain in my spine that I thought would ruin my trip physically and psychologically but it disappeared and after that I got my energy back. I didn't think about breast cancer once (apart from the Cybele's temple tribute). I walked constantly and ached so much, but it was a good ache. One word of warning though-if you ever go to Rome-suss out toilet stops beforehand as they are few and far between. I can recommend the McDonald's on the approach to the Spanish steps (not the one near the Trevi fountain) as having minimal queues and more than one cubicle. I'm not suggesting you eat there of course.
Bear in mind that I only had 4 lots of chemo so I've had it easier than most. My one experience of Fec buggered up my left arm that I just don't know how I could've endured 6, so Cybele's vein story chilled me to the bone.....My arm is still sore many months after that infusion in late November (but on the mend now-still got another 14 herceptins to go so cannula stories remain v. worrying)
Anyway, the holiday was a brilliant tonic and I highly recommend the power of a complete break from all that the big C can throw at us.