I debated with myself for days about doing this post. I try really hard not to complain a lot, although I’ve been told I have plenty to complain about. But I thought if I could write about my experience, maybe other folks won’t feel like they are going through this alone, and I’ll feel better getting some stuff off my chest.
For about the last year or so, I have periodically shared my personal experience with breast cancer here on the blog, both from a dietary perspective and through other facets that were involved, such as my appearance. And I am currently still recovering and receiving follow-up chemotherapy as part of my treatment. I responded very well to all the treatments and surgery I had, and was on the path to returning to a semi-normal life.
It started last summer. My sharp-eyed doctor discovered that I actually had more than one mass in my breast, and a subsequent biopsy revealed that it was also positive. I then became a candidate for a modified radical mastectomy, as opposed to just a lumpectomy. So I had a decent amount of time to research and think about my procedure. I have mentioned in previous posts that I don’t have any tremendous emotional attachment to my body parts, so I probably wouldn’t be feeling any enormous sense of loss after my surgery. You’ll pardon me while I ramble a bit on what I’m thinking and feeling now that it is a reality.
In the days leading up to the new year (and since), I’ve seen everyone relating their summarized experience of 2017 and how they were going to tackle this new year that is now well and truly upon us. And each plan was as varied as the individual. In that time I’ve been able to mull over my own thoughts and feelings, and since everyone else is sharing, I thought I would, too. So here are some thoughts – and a few goals I’ve set – for finding my way through another crazy year.
Hello again everyone! I hope everyone had a great holiday season; not too hectic, plenty of time with family, and way too much food. I had a pretty solid one myself, even with the usual frantic pace that makes up every December. And like so many other folks, the imminent arrival of a new year makes me look both back at the closing year and ahead to the new one. So I thought I’d talk about a few of the foodie-related topics from the blog this year, whether they held major significance or if my feelings have changed about them.
There is a strong cultural significance attached to a woman’s hair. Throughout history, hair has been an element of displaying a woman’s social position, her religion, as well as her personal expression. The style, the length and the color all can play an important role in how a woman both sees herself and how she presents herself to the world. This is why one of the core concerns for women undergoing cancer treatment, specifically chemotherapy, is hair loss. As this post goes up, I am beginning to lose mine (slowly), and I wanted to talk about a few thoughts I have about hair and how I’m dealing with the imminent loss of it.