Sending healing thoughts this holiday season
Good morning to you all this Christmas Eve morning. I felt compelled to share some thoughts during this cold and chilly morning.
I was diagnosed with triple positive lobular breast cancer four years ago, smack dab during the holiday season. In fact my first oncology appointment was on Christmas Eve.
As many of you know, it’s a life altering experience to receive a cancer diagnosis, and hearing those words, you have breast cancer, especially during the holidays can be additionally devastating.
But today I want to send you all a positive message along with lots of peace, love, strength and healing thoughts and know that you’ll be okay and will get through it.
One day you too will look through the rear view mirror and say, how did I get through it.
Just take it one day at a time and give thanks for each breath we’re able to take and the life we’ve been blessed to receive. ♥️
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A Happy New Year to all
I know exactly how you feel. You’ll feel better once your treatment plan begins.
Be sure to eat a light healthy breakfast with some protein before you leave.
Be sure to listen to any post treatment instructions (your husband can help) or they should give you a printout of all instructions post chemo.
With A/C chemo, be proactive with anti nausea medications. Don’t wait and suffer.
For most of us that took A/C chemo, the hardest days are days 2-4.
Try to start moving around when you feel you can to get the blood circulating to your organs. They’re working overtime!
Know that you’ll get through it and will be okay. Don’t fight the chemo but see it as a means to help you.
And enjoy your Benedryl nap. Don’t fight it but instead, relax. ♥️🙏♥️
I am doing fine. I find myself very emotional since I started taking Letrazole . Allot of up’s and downs. I can cry at the drop of a hat. It is what it is and I just carry on trying to stay positive. Family is the main key in keeping me on top and I thank the Lord above for them everyday.
Last Christmas my daughter was engaged and a week later we were exchanging the words “ Happy New Year”, looking ahead at 10 months of wedding plans. But 4 days into the New Year I was diagnosed with IDC /2 node positive. A “good”ONCOTYPE suggested no benefit to chemotherapy… (so I was to keep my hair for my daughters wedding). She offered to postpone her timeline but I said absolutely not! We are going to live our lives as well as taking care of them.
I had a unilateral mastectomy and beginning reconstruction mid February … exchange surgery in
July. Beginning month 10 of Aromatase with very mild and lessening side effects. I do worry about bone loss so I’ll have a DEXA at one year to assess.
A BC survivor whom I befriended just as I was diagnosed and she was completing a bilateral exchange surgery offered me these words , “ looking back it wasn’t so bad”. WOW!
Those words, uttered by a complete stranger, became my shining light and shifted my fear. I focused on each task at hand and looked forward to “ looking back” with her.
Here I am, looking at a New Year, and “looking back” at 2022. Of course the journey is ongoing but I made it through a traumatic medical year. The diagnosis was the most traumatic aspect for me.
And there were also many joys along the way. And we had the most wonderful wedding for my daughter in September.
Congratulations to all of us for making it through this year and years before and “ looking back” together.
For those of us who are beginning our journey now, stay focused, stay strong, educate yourself and advocate for yourself. It’s a tough road right now but I look forward to looking back with you! 🌸
Great tips!! Thank you! There’s so much to know but I still had not heard I will have a benedryl nap. I’ve already figured out not to fight chemo. Thank you so much.