Before I start, I need to say this post is not about me moaning about the nursery that Ivy attends because she has a great time and all the staff have been amazing with her. It’s more about the stuff I had no idea about before I sent her to nursery and her first few months. I’ve already said in a previous post that I … Continue reading The nuisance of choosing a nursery!
I’ve been umming and ahhing over whether to continue with this blog now that my scan has come back clear. The questions I’ve been asking myself are: Is it just a blog about having cancer? Do people want to still read about the aftermath? Is it important for people to understand about life after cancer? Am I boring people? What else can I write about? … Continue reading Back to the grindstone!
Have you ever had the feeling that someone is following you? That there are eyes watching your every move? It’s happened to me in the past when I’ve been walking down an alleyway or standing at a train station late at night… It’s an uneasy feeling that makes you feel like all your senses are heightened, and your body is getting ready to spring into … Continue reading “It’s behind you!”
It’s a glorious Sunday afternoon (25th Feb) and for the first time in 6 months I can say I don’t have the dread of ‘chemo day’ this week. I have had chemo every other Tuesday since 12th September, but now it’s going to be my first week without the dreaded trip to Ward 19, Heartlands Hospital. It feels amazing. My side effects from the last … Continue reading The new normal
Those bloody White Blood Cells (WBCs). They’ve yo-yoed over the last few months, dropping low and then miraculously returning to almost normal, but they haven’t let me down yet… well, until this round of treatment. I was feeling good about starting this round (Round 5, 9th treatment) – dropped Ivy off as normal, stopped for a coffee and walked into the Ward waving hello to … Continue reading LOST: Has anyone seen my immune system?
First off, Happy New Year! I hope you’ve all had a lovely time celebrating with family and friends, and for those of you who have had a challenging time, try to step into 2018 with positivity – we can’t always control everything but we can do little things to make life a little bit easier. I’ve struggled to have a specific topic to write about … Continue reading And into 2018 we go…
Let’s start positively (this is a happier post than the previous moan!)… I’m now halfway through my treatment and have only got 3 cycles left. That means 6 more chemotherapy days until I’m done. I know I can do it because I’ve already done it, so onwards and upwards and let the countdown begin – roll on 13th February. It’s not that far away! Since … Continue reading Stylist, anyone?
Since my last post it’s been a cocktail of various hospital appointments – where I was moaning of hospital fatigue before, it’s definitely turned up a notch now! Between blood tests and clinic reviews, interim PET scan and results, postnatal appointment at the exotically named endoanal clinic (too much information?) and dermatology consultation for a suspected basal cell carcinoma on my head (much easier to … Continue reading Catherine = 1; Cancer = 0
Time flies when you’re having fun… Ok, it’s not fun but I’m glad it’s going fast! I’ve now had 2 cycles of ABVD out of 6, or 4 treatments out of 12. Whichever way you look at it I’m one third of the way through. I can’t say the end is in sight yet, and the more time I spend in Ward 19 the more … Continue reading Time flies when you’re having chemo
Current position: sat in the lounge with my iPad on my lap, wearing a mismatch of pj’s and activewear, hair scraped back and face bare (just used one of Ivy’s wipes to ‘cleanse’), watching The Wire (just finishing episode 3 and I’ve been reliably informed that it takes at least 4 episodes to get into…) with Ivy in her bouncy chair (who also seems to … Continue reading 1 down, 5 to go