10 Signs You Are Battling Breast Cancer
Just being somewhat silly today while I rest for a moment. I am feeling pretty good so far on day 2 after my first chemo treatment. I had my first Neulasta shot this morning to boost up my immune system. The anti nausea medications seem to be doing their job fairly well! I am finding that regular small snacks are helping keep my tummy settled a bit (which may mean I am going to be a breast cancer “weight gainer” rather than “weight loser” – but one of my medications increases appetite). Some smells get to me, but I don’t have the metal mouth tastebuds yet (maybe somehow I magically never will!).
This morning I was thinking through little things I have noticed going through breast cancer so far and thought I would share:
- Even if you don’t like the color pink, you discover yourself owning many more pink items than you ever thought you would.
- Your breasts are a topic of everyday conversation.
- You think a hospital gown is always supposed to open in the front.
- You lose all fear of 50 random strangers carefully looking and and poking at your breasts.
- Your husband doesn’t feel the need to injure the 50 random strangers looking at and poking at your breasts.
- You know what Her2Neu is, and hormones bring on a whole new meaning.
- You know what a cranial prosthesis is, and may even own one or two.
- You may know at least 3 techniques for managing to get dressed, showered and deal with surgical drains.
- You may learn that chemo isn’t the bad guy, the cancer is.
- You have learned a whole new meaning to the kindness of family, friends and strangers (this one isn’t silly, but something you learn at a whole new level).