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Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry
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LysmachiaMoon
Feb 2, 2017 10:10 AM CST
Jane, I wish you had let me know what you were going thru! I'm so glad to hear that you are emerging triumphant from your ordeal. What a nightmare to have to go thru! Every woman's worst nightmare... Thank goodness you caught it early and are going to be OK. I'm going to schedule my mammogram right now.

Please keep in touch. I say "wish you had let me know" but I understand completely...sometimes when faced with deep personal challenges, I don't like to "share" either. If there is ANYTHING I can do, even at this distance, to help your recovery, let me know. Be good to yourself, dear.

Hugs and best wishes, Annie
The end is nothing, the journey is all.
Name: Jane
Tobyhanna, PA (Zone 5a)
The "Garden" is my Happy Place!
Garden Ideas: Master Level
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PAgirl63
Feb 4, 2017 8:07 PM CST
Hi Annie,

Thanks for your kind words. Strange how you never know what Life might throw at you. You are right about sometimes not wanting to "share". Depression is a side effect of Cancer treatment, but I have also experienced mild bouts of depression throughout my life. Add "seasonal affective disorder" to the mix and it can be a real bummer at times. My doctors have helped me deal with it all rather well.

My strongest support has been my hubby and his 4 sisters. One of his sisters is a BC survivor now for 11 years. She did have it easier though. She had a lumpectomy, radiation, and Chemo "pill" therapy. She took a chemo pill for 5 straight years. I had to have my Chemo as vein infusions. My BC is stage 1 (very early) but the "Type" is based on your body's hormone makeup. I have what's called Triple Negative and pill therapy is not effective against TN. Figures Rolling my eyes.

Anyway, things are going well. My appetite is back. My hair is growing back (feels weird when I brush my hand across my head and feel prickly stubble that seems to grow longer everyday ). For awhile when my head was shiny and bald, when I would wear hoop earrings, I looked like MR. CLEAN. Most of the time I usually wear a cotton cap with a pretty scarf tied around it. My eyebrows have some hairs but are really still sparse, so I have to pencil in the gaps. They actually look better now then when they were fuller.

Speaking of hair, I lost most of it ALL OVER. It is growing back. Too bad it has to grow back on my legs and underarms. I didn't have to shave for months! Sticking tongue out

I still have to be careful around people. Try not to catch colds, etc. While I was going through Chemo I wore medical masks everywhere. I also have hand santizers in my purse, the car, sometimes a jacket pocket ....

I will still have to be a bit careful when I start working out in the gardens come late spring, summer. Got to watch for reactions to insect bites, cuts, etc. I read somewhere about a person who had gone through cancer treatment, and when garden season came, not a single mosquito would come near her. I wouldn't mind that.

Yes, definitely go for your mammo. I tell everywhere I meet ... to go. I had no idea there was anything wrong. I didn't feel or see anything. I had been at my regular PC doc with my hubby (his appt) and I got a mammo script from the doc while I was there.

Well, just thought I would get back to you. Stay in touch.

Jane

Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry
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LysmachiaMoon
Feb 5, 2017 10:57 AM CST
Yes, do be very careful about infections especially in the garden. Last spring I got a nasty infected finger from a puncture that I don't even remember getting. Had to be on 10-day antibiotics for that! Also be careful of sun exposure...sometimes strong drugs can make you sensitive to sunburn. And dang, too bad about the underarm and leg hair coming back *LOL*. I always say that the person who perfects a way to transfer leg hair from women's legs to balding men's heads will be a billionaire in a day. (You know, a lot of women fear and detest menopause but speaking as someone with an abundance of body hair, I LOVED it. Most of my leg and underarm hair went away! Woo hoo! )
You sound like you've been thru the mill but are doing OK. I'm so proud of you my friend! Hugs and have a great day!

Annie
The end is nothing, the journey is all.

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