No need to go to the hospital… but mystery swelling still plaguing me. Reflecting on well-meaning friends, but difficulty when no one responds to requests for assistance.
When my oncologist, Dr. Isadore Tepler, told me that my Oncotype test indicated that I scored a 21, my heart sunk… The good news was that the Taxotere-Cytoxen combination meant very few side effects. In fact, there was only one guaranteed side effect: Absolute hair loss. Complete baldness. I’d be a hairless, 2-legged, tail-less cat.
I took things into my own hands this weekend at the LIVESTRONG Challenge in Austin, TX. Breast cancer may have taken my breasts, but it’s not taking my hair.
The reality of working while going through chemo. In part, I know how lucky I am. In part, I know how risky job security is.
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It was as though I were floating in space as soon as the word, “Cancer,” filtered through my ear drum. All senses suspend. Appendages go numb. Lips feel fuzzy. Time stops.
What starts out as a pleasant video blog entry takes an upsetting turn when I decide to show you that some of my hair is falling on the underside of the back of my head.