So there I was, back on my lazy boy chair having chemo number 2!
With a really grateful attitude and a major perspective change after spending the last 2 days stressing it would not happen today!
I saw the Dent Doctor this morning and he’s very happy with my healing. Astonished just how quickly I am going through puberty! I was relieved to hear that he thinks the numb patch on my left thigh, may just be a pinched nerve and not the start of bone cancer as I feared (did I mention being slightly dramatic!).
Had some very interesting chemo neighbours today too. I sat next to and swapped a few war stories with a fellow breast cancer survivor. She was proudly displaying her new hair growth, telling me how losing her hair was the most traumatic experience for her, even worse than the bilateral mastectomy. Something I really could identify with!
She said she did not enjoy wearing a wig as it was really uncomfortable and extremely hot, but sometimes a necessity. She runs her own business and was at an exhibit in Joburg, thinking people were not going to buy from a sick person with no hair, she reluctantly donned her wig with a beanie over it as the weather was rather chilly. She was attending to 3 immaculately coiffed ladies when her itching scalp became really uncomfortable, so she pulled off her beanie; she and the customers got a lot more than they bargained for when the wig came off with it! Apparently the reaction from these ladies was truly priceless, convinced that they may have just witnessed someone scalp themselves! I was almost rolling on the floor (quite a feat, with a drip in your arm!).
This was always my worst fear about wearing a wig, it either being knocked off my head or me accidentally pulling it off in public. But here was this woman, surviving what most of us would find an awful and public humiliation, with a smile on her face and such an awesome story to tell!
The time spent there today seemed to just fly by, I met a DP from a local vehicle dealership and a lady who works on the medical team for the Sharks and who had enviable pictures on her iPad of her holding the Currie cup! People I would normally never meet or even realise the battles they are fighting if I met them in any other context.
I felt so uplifted when I left the Cancer centre today. I even asked Pete to stop at the McDonalds drive through for a milkshake and Mac chips! Not a healthy option I know, but it felt good to be alive and hey, while I’m feeling I actually can eat…
I may regret THAT decision in an hour or two, but for now I’m just a normal person eating McDonalds with a scarf on her head and a smile on her face!
“Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle” J.M.Barrie
“Miracles are a retelling in a small letters of the very same story which is written across the world in letters too large for some of us to see”. CS Lewis
“Don’t cry me a river, cry me a McDonalds fries.Unknown quotes
“One does not simply drive home from McDonalds without eating any fries”. Unknown quotes
“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you.Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision.So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.” Neil Gaiman