The Calm before the Chemo

Well it’s Chemo 2 tomorrow and I’m very pleased to say I’m feeling quite optimistic about it!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still secretly hoping for the call to say “oh my word, we’ve made a big mistake, you DON’T have cancer!“.  I might be waiting a while for that one :)

The Calm Before the Chemo - Triple Negative Breast Cancer Chemotherapy
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I was in hospital for a few days this week because of the silly chest infection I couldn’t shake but after a million and one steroids and anti-biotics, it’s finally on the way out.

I’m hardly coughing and apart from feeling a bit groggy from the anti-biotics, I feel pretty good.

My hair is on the way out – or at least thinning.  In the past 2 days quite a bit has come out, mainly on the top where it’s a bit longer.  I’ll do the cold cap again tomorrow and see how I go.  If I get to the point where it’s coming out a lot, I might ditch the cold cap although they do recommend continued use I think as it can help your hair grow back quicker so we’ll see.

My eyebrows are still ON!!!

It seems very unfair that I now have to re-poison myself all over again but hey ho, it’s all about getting better.

This week was busy with the hospital stay and we’ve also moved into our new house.  HURRAY!  I’ll post soon to let you see where we’ve moved to and a bit of a ‘before and after’ as we set up the house.  We’re still awaiting a lot of storage so there are boxes and bags everywhere.

I’ve ordered the Marie Kondo “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” (affiliate link) book recommended by the lovely Hannah at Mums Days and I can’t wait to get reading and tidying.  Let me know if you’ve read it.

I’m not a terribly messy person (like Mr M, for example) but I’ve turned into a bit of a hoarder over the years and it’s time to stop.  Out with the old etc, things need to go.

This week I’ve been reading a lot on the blog Mother Mands.  This is one of the most honest and best blogs I’ve found and I was so pleased when Mands got in touch with me.

Describing herself as a Metalhead, Baker, Triple Negative Breast Cancer survivor and empty-armed Mum, Mands’ daughter Robyn was stillborn in 2015.  Her strength and optimism, despite the tough times thrown at her, just completely amazes and motivates me.  Her blog has something for everyone – check it out!

I’ve had an up and down week but definitely mainly UP!  This is mainly due to my family, friends and the amazing community of Facebook and Blogging friends who have sent the loveliest messages and comments to me.  Thank you so so much for your support and love, you’re helping me in more ways that you could ever imagine.

I’ll leave you with this meme as it’s really made me laugh, being a big Game of Thrones fan!  I can’t remember where I first saw it but it might have been on Mands’ blog.

Chemo is Coming -

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  1. / 8:09 am

    Sending lot of strength and love to you You had a great weekend, you can meditate on that while you get the chemo done. Hair ? No hair is cool. Don’t worry about it at all. I am sure you will pull it off with style :)

    • / 11:34 am

      Oh thank you so much! x

  2. Savannah
    / 2:13 pm

    You are so very strong!
    I am happy that you had such a good week, and I hope this round goes as smoothly as it possibly can. Please don’t fret much about your hair, it will grow back, and you’re beautiful without it (:

    Hang in there, lovely.

    • / 2:51 pm

      You are so lovely, thank you :) x x

  3. / 2:05 am

    I hope everything goes smoothly. Sounds like quite the week, between having to stay in the hospital and MOVING. I’ve been thinking about reading the Kondo book, but I have to say I’m a little afraid of what I’ll find out about myself. I have been doing much better about putting things in the donation pile and keeping myself from keeping odds and ends for craft projects. Now I’m trying to get the children on board with just keeping a few board games in their room at a time instead of trying to fit all of them on their shelves.

    • / 7:16 am

      Thanks Sadia! I feel the same about the book, I think it’s going to be quite confrontational x

  4. / 7:05 am

    Hi Mim, again I don’t know how you stay so upbeat, moving house alone would be enough to get me down without the added extra that is cancer and all the worries that must bring. Not knowing how long chemo takes, I don’t know if you’ve finished your second bout, but if you have I hope it’s not tired you out too much and if you haven’t finished it yet I hope it doesn’t knock you too much when it’s over.

    Mand sounds like a pretty terrific person and I will be popping over to check her out just as soon as I post this comment.

    Take care

    • / 1:37 pm

      Oh thank you lovely – the move is keeping me busy so it’s a good thing but yes, very busy! Mands is just amazing, such a lovely lady and very strong :) x x x

  5. A Cornish Mum
    / 12:22 am

    Mands is amazing isn’t she?!

    I hope you aren’t feeling too bad today chick, and that time goes fast so you can be finished with all this chemo malarky. You always make me laugh – and if your eyebrows do go just think of the fun you can have drawing some on… you can be permanently surprised..if the mister annoys you just turn around quickly to draw some angry ones on ;)

    You’ll be beautiful regardless though inside and out,
    Stevie xx

    • / 12:53 pm

      She is just wonderful! Ha ha I bet it would be fun – I’ll make such a mess of them, I’m crap at make up already!! x x

  6. Eve
    / 10:13 pm

    Hey love! Huge good luck for chemo (or hope it went well, seen as you are living in the future!). Fingers crossed for your fabulous eyebrows! Apparently a girl in Glossop has lots of chemo and uses the cold cap and although some has fallen out, she still has most of her hair! So very hopeful I reckon. Freeze that bonce!!

    Re that book, you are honestly one of the tidyest minimalist people that I know! I actually need to model myself on you :)

    Mwah x


    • / 12:01 pm

      Hee hee it did go well thanks lovely! It was a fun day – weirdly! Just starting to get some symptoms not but not too bad so far. Ha ha noooooo – I’m so bad at keeping old clothes particularly – for me and the kids now. I need to declutter rapidly :) Mr M, on the other hand, is dreadful. Dreadful. BUT he’s said he wants to read it too hurray! x x x

  7. Charu
    / 8:34 pm

    I hope the second round is good for you girl. But as they say a positive mind conquers all, I am sure you will blossom.

    • / 12:02 pm

      Thank you so so much! It did go well and not feeling too bad so far :) x x

  8. Mother Mands
    / 11:27 am

    Glad to hear the chest infection is on the way out, they’re vile under normal circumstances but when you are going through chemo too! Here’s hoping your eyebrows and lashes do like mine did and just fall out at the end of chemo and then grow straight back! If you do go bald, have a bit of fun with it, I never did get around to painting myself blue like her out of Farscape, but I did get suited up and did a bit of an androgynous photo shoot ;)
    Can I just order Marie Kondo to come round and tidy up for me? As soon as I’ve cleaned my house ends up in a worse state 5 mins later. It’ll certainly keep you busy anyways :) Thankyou for the link and I’m just glad my blog has been of some use, like I said before it’s obvious to me you are a strong woman with a lots of love from family and friends to get you through this along with your own optimism! I hope chemo round 2 goes well today and you don’t feel to tired or sick afterwards X

    • / 7:52 pm

      Ha ha that photo shoot sounds awesome!! I’m soooo close to doing the big shave and just embracing it – I think that might happen this week if the hair keeps a-falling. Ha ha no, Marie is coming to my house first, you can have her after :) I’m so pleased I’ve met you, for very selfish reasons – I love your positivity and drive and optimism so much – you’re amazing :) x x

  9. Kate Tunstall
    / 9:28 am

    Thinking of you. May you fill your new home with many happy memories xx

    • / 7:52 pm

      Thank you lovely lovely lady! x

  10. Sara
    / 9:11 am

    Sorry – meant to say, lost all mine but did keep wearing cap. It did grow back well :) xx

    • / 7:49 pm

      Thank you thank you lovely!! All went really well today and I actually had fun ha! I did the cold cap again although it’s coming out a lot now – I might embrace the baldness after all :) x x

  11. Sara
    / 9:08 am

    Really good luck with session 2 Mim. Keep strong and get through week 1. Hold on to weeks 2 and 3 being more bearable. Will be thinking of you. I haven’t read the book but it sounds interesting! Sending hugs xx

  12. Sarah Howe
    / 8:51 pm

    Hope all goes well Mim and keep that positive spirit! Almost 2 down! Xx

    • / 9:00 pm

      Hurray – thanks beautiful!! x x

  13. Robyn
    / 8:16 pm

    The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up turned me into a manic declutter-er for several weeks last year, but I think I need to re-read it as drawers, cupboards and corners have begun to fill up with junk again. It’s quite an addictive book/process! Glad to hear you’re on the mend from your chest infection and wishing well for chemo x2 :)

    • / 8:46 pm

      Thank you lovely! Ah I can’t wait to read it, something has to change! x x

  14. Natasha Daniels
    / 1:44 pm

    I hope this second round goes well for you!

    • / 3:50 pm

      Thank you so much lovely! x

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