My Post Cancer Bucket List

Well chemo is finished and in another few weeks, I’ll be done with radiation too – I’m nearly at the finish line of this breast cancer business! Now I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, I’ve started to allow myself to plan for the future and I’ve started writing my Post Cancer Bucket List.

These are the things I haven’t been able to do, or haven’t wanted to do since my diagnosis and treatment. Some big, some small. Mainly, the things I totally took for granted before I got cancer.

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So here it is, my post cancer bucket list!

1.  Grow some hair

Come on hair, you can do it! That includes eyebrows and eyelashes too.

But not just growing back my hair, I’m also looking forward to seeing it in different lengths and styles. Rather like Samson, my hair has always (in my mind) been my crowning glory and I’ve never had the guts to cut it short. So I’m looking forward to experimenting a bit with different short styles! I might document them on Instagram, so you really should click here and follow me!

2.  Rubbing my eyes

I don’t mean just a light rub though, I mean really RUBBING them. Rubbing them, confident in the knowledge that I won’t rub them bald.

Oh how lovely it must be to give your eyes a lovely big old rub. Do it now! Was it good? How I long for the day when I can rub my eyes. Small things, I did warn you.

3.  Healing

The physical and mental scars of cancer and surgery will probably take years to heal and I’m guessing that some of those mental scars never really will.

I will never truly feel ‘carefree’ again. Cancer will probably always be the first and last thing on my mind most days, at least for the foreseeable future. In time though, I will heal more and more and I’m looking forward to that.

4.  Getting fitter

During my cancer treatment, I put on weight. The chemo left me exhausted and weak and my fitness levels, already fairly crap, plummeted to their lowest yet. I’m looking forward to gradually improving that though and I’m working with an Exercise Physiologist to make a start.

I’ve already lost 4.2kgs since I finished chemo and I’ve been really enjoying cooking healthy meals – so watch this space!

5.  Having my Portacath removed

Now I did think this would be removed straight after chemo finished but my Oncologist wants me to keep it in for 1-2 years – just…in…….case.

I don’t know how I feel about it, I’m leaving it for now but if it gets too uncomfortable (just when I sleep) or it stops me mentally moving on, I might have to get it removed.

6.  Partying!

Just as soon as I have some hair and can stop wigging it, I’m totally going to throw a party and celebrate with all the lovely friends and family who have supported me through the past few months.

I imagine karaoke will feature :) And wine. LOTS of wine.

7.  Going on a Date Night

With my husband of course! During the past 6 months, we haven’t had much time for just the two of us and in the evenings, I’m usually pretty shattered from the treatment side effects.

I’m looking forward to, if the parents will babysit!, going out for dinner and drinks with Mr M and just enjoying each others company away from the minis and the hospitals.

8.  Having a Family Holiday

I don’t care where we go, but we’re going somewhere! We’re having a weekend break soon but I’d love for us to go somewhere as a family for a week or so before the end of the year.

Basically, I want to be ‘normal’ again. I want to live my life like you do yours.

I don’t imagine for a second that I’ll ever be anything close to the woman I was pre-breast cancer but you know what, I’m pretty pleased with the person this diagnosis has turned me into.

I’m on the road to recovery, I can see the finish line and I’m about to jump over it.

I just wish my hair would catch up with the rest of me!

What’s on your bucket list? What would you do if money/time/anything else was no object?

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  1. Sara
    / 7:19 am

    I am finishing radiation tomorrow and I’m so glad my hair is coming back after chemo. Like you, I’m looking forward to being more active and get back in shape. The journey is no fun, but I’m glad I’m getting closer to the end.

    • Mim
      / 9:55 am

      Oh congrats on reaching the end of that and the BEGINNING of your new life, Sara! x

  2. John (@dadyougeek)
    / 6:06 am

    Brilliant list and look forward to hearing how you get on!!

    • / 9:28 am

      Thank you – already ticking them off :)

  3. A Cornish Mum
    / 8:38 pm

    Love this :) All the way through this battle you have kept your sense of humour and I’ve never known whether my tears reading your social updates and posts have been more from laughter or from grief for you that you were having to cope with so much. Your strength has been amazing Mim and I bet you’ve brought comfot to a whole lot of other women facing the same battle.

    Stevie xx

    • / 11:12 am

      Oh thank you lovely! Humour has definitely helped me get through this – and will continue to I hope! You have to laugh at some stuff! x

  4. Angela
    / 12:08 am

    You have such a lovely and positive attitude, you have really helped me through the last two months.
    I for one agree on the party and I know I can’t wait for going for a lovely stroll in a Country Park with my children x

    • / 2:48 pm

      Oh thank you so much lovely lady and our bucket lists are going to be completed soon :) :) x x lots of love x x

  5. / 9:34 am

    Nearly done! Great list – you’re so right, there is so much we take for granted! Don’t blame you for wanting the portacath gone – hope it doesn’t cause you any problems or discomfort. Good luck with your list – hope you fulfill it all soon! #thelist

    • / 7:31 pm

      Thank you lovely – I can’t wait to get this stupid portacath out! x

  6. / 6:27 am

    I had no idea about the eye thing – you’re right, there’s nothing like a good eye rub!! I’m not sure what would be on my bucket list but nothing majorly fancy… #thelist

    • / 7:33 pm

      I can finally rub my eyes – I have lashes whoop ha ha!! x

  7. You Baby Me Mummy
    / 4:35 am

    Oh Mim you are amazing. I hope you can rub your eyes really soon huni. I know all of these things will come to you soon and you deserve so much more. Lots of love. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x x

    • / 7:34 pm

      I have eyelashes and I can finally rub my eyes ha ha! I’m sloooowly getting there :) x x

  8. Farmerswifeandmummy
    / 2:01 am

    Oooo I think you should try different colours too. I’ve always secretly wanted pink hair (I know!!) glad the finish is in sight xx

    • / 8:12 am

      Thanks lovely! You know, I think I want pink hair too! x

  9. Mummyhereandthere
    / 12:26 am

    I have completely lost my hair years ago due to similar medication to chase patients for something different. The feeling you get back when it grows is amazing. You don’t realise just how personal hair is to you and your personality . All good things to look forward to that you frame for granted X #thelist

    • / 8:17 am

      Thank you! You’re so right – I had no idea how much I would miss my hair until it was gone too x

  10. SAH_Grumbler
    / 2:59 pm

    I can’t imagine what you and your family have been through, but after reading this post, I honestly think you are a such an inspiration and I’m sure many would agree with me. I guess, like you said time will help you heal, but with such a positive outlook on life and the future, I’m sure you will get to do all these things plus more before you know it. Stay strong, keep smiling and I’m really looking forward to hearing your updates. Well done you!!

    • / 8:16 am

      Oh thank you, that’s so lovely of you! I do feel really positive – I have my moments when I don’t of course but overall I do and I’m looking forward to the future :) x

  11. Sian - The Mama Story
    / 6:52 am

    So pleased you’re at this stage – hope you get everything ticked off, a holiday sounds amazing!

    • / 7:27 pm

      Thank you lovely – me too! x x

  12. Lizzie firstooth
    / 5:45 am

    A ovely list and I’m so excited for you to check each one off, especially the holiday. You all thoroughly deserve it. I never even thought about rubbing eyes, do you get hayfever season out there? that’ll be heaven once you can rub through that! I’m so pleased for you all that you’re at the end of this tough time now, it must be a huge relief. You’ve always stayed so positive throughout (that I’ve read) and you’re a wonderful woman. Cheers to partying! #thelist

    • / 1:44 pm

      Thank you lovely lady! x x

  13. An imperfect mum (Catie)
    / 4:50 pm

    Your posts always radiate such positivity! An amazing bucket list and I hope you achieve each point and more!

    • / 7:27 pm

      Oh thank you so so much lovely! x x

  14. Mindful Mummy Mission
    / 7:41 am

    A really special bucket list by someone who has clearly gone through an awful lot and can still remain remarkably positive. I hope you start to heal quickly and get that family holiday and date night asap. Good luck with the final radiation therapy – you really are an inspiration. #TheList. x

    • / 1:45 pm

      Thank you so much for that! x

  15. Mummy Muckups (Anna)
    / 5:46 pm

    The simple things, right? I totally gave my eyes a crazy, wild rub right now for you!! Love the silver lining; I’m totally thinking a short, peroxide blonde “Roxette” number for a while…I would have always loved to be crazier, but always too scared. Cannot wait to hear your tales as you tick these off. #TheList

    • / 7:06 pm

      Ha ha yay thank you! Ooh you know I’ve never been a blonde…! x

  16. Laura - dear bear and beany
    / 3:46 pm

    I love this bucket list and I really hope they all get a massive tick soon. Good luck and can’t wait for you to get to the finish line x #TheList

    • / 7:56 pm

      Thank you lovely – nearly there! x x

  17. Kim
    / 8:10 am

    Such a great list and so positive! My Mom loved her pixie cut so much after her cancer she decided to keep it (9 years later even!) Enjoy your wine, well deserved :)

    • / 7:43 pm

      Thank you! Ah I don’t blame her, it’s soooo easy to maintain :) x

  18. The Mum Project
    / 12:56 am

    I hope you start to feel better soon, this must be really hard. This is such a great list, I can only imagine what it must feel like not being able to rub your eyes fully! You sound like a strong woman and my heart goes out to you. : ) #brillblogposts

    • / 7:44 pm

      Thank you so much! x x

  19. Different Shores
    / 9:51 pm

    Aw I’m always rubbing my eyes, and now I’ll stop taking it for granted – you don’t appreciate these little things until you can’t do them anymore. Good luck with your hair I hope it comes back better than ever! #BrilliantBlogPosts

  20. Katie Roberts-Mason
    / 7:48 am

    I LOVE this list Mim. Nearly there sweetheart and I hope you can then start to heal. Good luck with the rest of the radiation lovely xxx

    • / 10:24 am

      Thank you lovely! Only 9 sessions left! x

  21. Jules
    / 2:10 pm

    What a positive bucket list! I hope all of these things happen for you and are even better than you imagine them to be xx

    • / 7:27 pm

      Oh thank you so much for that! x

  22. RachelSwirl
    / 8:58 am

    I think you are awesome, making a list must feel sooo amazing now. Good luck with the hair x

    • / 10:28 am

      Thank you lovely – I can’t wait to check them all off :) x

  23. Kim Carberry
    / 7:14 am

    I hope everything you wish happens soon….You deserve it :D x

    • / 7:26 am

      Oh thank you so much! x

  24. Dean of Little Steps
    / 5:51 am

    Can’t wait to hear a follow-up of post about how much you’ve ticked off this list and I have a feeling, you will! :) Sending you positive thoughts over blogosphere :)

    • / 7:26 am

      Hurray me too! Thank you so much x x

  25. Ness
    / 12:37 pm

    Finish line in sight! Soon you will be ticking off that bucket list like a boss!

    My bucket list would be similar to yours. You’re absolutely right, all you want is to get back to normal, mundane things. We’re headed for the Gold Coast for ten days on Sunday. Can’t wait!

    • / 12:50 pm

      Woo hoo nearly done!! Ahh that is AMAZING< I'm so jealous :) Have a wonderful time, you totally deserve it :) x x

  26. Donna
    / 7:41 am

    I love this bucket list and the ones I take for granted seem the bets to me – growing hair and rubbing your eyes! I hope those both happen soon x

    • / 7:50 am

      Thank you lovely! I have teeny tiny eyelashes now – I’ll be rubbish my eyes very soon ha ha! x x

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