Me too!!! A week in Devon walking and I'm the darkest I've ever been tan wise ( apart from the Area of covering with a tshirt after rads lol) I don't get it, I've never had skin that tans that easily...and I did use some low factor cream....but I seem to be picking up colour like never before ? What's that from then, any ideas?
Edited to add.....just realised I am on the secondary BC pages, sorry I've interrupted as I should be on primary ...but saw this tanning thing.
Yes, I found this when I was on Cape. Just a few minutes in the very wishy washy sun we had back in 2013 saw me looking like I'd been away to somewhere far more exotic! I still used a very high factor sun cream just to be on the safe side but got a great tan that year.
Many thanks for the poem, GBC! Well put.
I found this poem the other day on my iPad. I wrote it a year after finishing treatment (mastectomy, full axillary clearance, chemo, rads and hormone therapy) and a few months before my DIEP flap reconstruction in November 2014. I spotted this thread when I had a quick look at the forum again to read some views on having private health scans to check bad boy BC hasn't returned if you feel like you have lots of possible symptoms. You can tell I have become a total (secret) hypochondriac although I hope no-one else realises!
Great thread. So here is the poem I wrote (not something I do very often).
LOST AND FOUND
I've lost my breast
I've lost my body shape
I've lost confidence in my health
I've lost my stamina
I've lost my sex drive
I've even lost some friends
I've found just how strong I really am
I've found the ability to enjoy the moment
I've found people who really understand me
I've found great respect for my body and what it is does for me
I've found people who really care what happens to me
And I've found that despite the uncertainty of what lies ahead, I have the certainty that I can cope.
I've found more than I lost.
All those hospital appointments give you time to catch up on your reading! xxx
Also you can request that all your visitors bring cake instead of flowers 🙃
I love this thread! We should keep bumping it up so everyone can read it if they need cheering up.
Just think of the savings on razors, shampoo, tampons and deodorant!
Stillhere - I definitely agree with the treats. I suggested a while back that along with PIP we should get a tea and cake allowance - I think that's where half my money goes!
You ladies are amazing! That's all I have to say! If I can channel an ounce of your positivity I know I will cope with this 🐯
Helen you're not alone. I think I sweat more now! Although possibly not under my arms?!
Thought of good se's too: Genuine excuse to stop and put my feet up. Also a good excuse to treat myself to nice nail varnishes! Plus I have an enviable scarf collection now!
Oh Helen, that is a shame! I stopped sweating under my left arm when I had my mx - they took almost all my lymph nodes out, and it must have disrupted the sweat glands too - result! And I stopped sweating under my right arm after FEC-T chemo.
Don't give up hope yet.
I still sweat under my armpits! I'm on chemo and barely do anything physical.
where am I going wrong?!
Forgot that one - underarm hair! I still have a little but is so thin as to be unnoticeable. Have never been a hairy person (thank heaven!), apart from, now, parts of my index fingers!!!
Thanks, Carolyn - that's a relief!
no leg hair/ upper lip hair/ toe hair/ under arm hair/ and foo foo hair!! luckily I still have some eyebrows/eyelashes and my hair on my head!
Well, I feel in need of constant treats so does indulging yourself count??😉 Also I adore my family more than ever..especially when they indulge me too!!
No underarm sweating, hence saving a fortune on antipersperant! (no-one has told me yet that I stink - Carolyn???)
Also, my hair (what is left - thinned dramatically from what is used to be, but at least it is still there - on Capecitabine), doesn't get so greasy, so much less washing.
Also, my skin is extremely smooth and soft, and no spots.
Hair loss - much quicker getting ready in the mornings and no need to shave armpits or maintain bikini line!!!