2007 Breast Cancer 3 Day

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Hair Update

Most everyone has seen me with hair these days. In fact, many people probably don't think about my bald days very often anymore. As a cancer survivor, my hair is always a reminder of how far I've come. Here is the most recent picture of me with my new curly hair. I've tamed it a bit in this photo, but you get the idea.
Hair update--16 months post treatment
It has been almost 16 months since my last round of chemo. My life and body are back to "normal" for all intents and purposes. A few lingering chemo problems:

1.My memory isn't as good--I don't have the recall that I did prior to chemo. Some say it's age, but I know my brain works a bit differently now. I can't really explain it--you would just have to experience it to understand.

2. My fingernails are still shot to hell. They are brittle and ridged and don't grow like they did prior to chemo.

3. My monthly cycle is still erratic at best. While I'm obviously not in complete menopause, my poor ovaries can't decide if they want to fight or give up and die. No period for 4 months then 2 in one month...etc, etc. It's crazy and it makes me feel like I'm 13 again. I never know when it's going to "show itself" so it's always in the back of my mind just in case.

I will be going for my screening appointment for genetic counseling on Monday. I don't know exactly what it involves, so I'll tell you more when I know more.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Why is this news?

I see this headline and have to ask, "Why is this news?"

Actress Shaves Her Head

Thousands of women shave their heads due to the savage effects of chemo, but FoxNews isn't reporting on them. I just get so tired of the superficial world we live in. If people would spend half of their attention on important issues rather than fashion, beauty and celebrities...imagine the difference they could make.