My Cancer Journey Chemo and Side Effects

I haven’t written since chemotherapy one. I have finished four rounds of chemo and I have documented my journey on Youtube. YOUTUBE #MYCANCERJOURNEY It has been the hardest thing that I’ve had to go through in my life. Going through chemo is not just feeling a little sick. It is very physically and mentally challenging. I was told in the beginning that I might get some side effects. Well I got all the side effects! The only one I didn’t get is vomiting. Everything else from head to toe is still rolling in as I’m writing this.

From head to toe: Insomnia, migraines, head aches, hair loss, muscle twitches, eye leaking tears, nose leaking, nose sores, extreme dry skin, jaw pain, teeth pain, dry mouth, no taste, shoulder and neck pain, nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, tiredness, loss of appetite, leg pain, muscle pain, bone pain, nail frailty, numbing of fingertips and toes, mental stress, chemo brain/fog brain, depression and no patience at all. Also very emotional.

I still have a year of medication to complete and radiation as well. At this point in my journey I am feeling stressed and overwhelmed and I need time to heal. I need more positivity and positive visualization. I need to start my yoga again and even meditation. I have so many questions floating in my head. I sometimes still can’t believe I have Cancer. That it can come back. I now feel stressed about food intake as well. I then get bombarded with people leaving me comments like don’t eat meat, sweets, white pasta, white bread, no potatoes, no dairy and no juice. It’s very overwhelming and stressful. I do understand their concerns but it feels like so much right now. I don’t even know where to start.

I will ask my doctor and oncologist all these questions and I’m thinking of getting involved in a small support group. I also need to get back into doing more artwork. Artwork really helps.

I want to thank you all your love, positivity and support. Thank you for all your prayers and love. I’m truly grateful. Your support has given me so much strength and hope. Thank you. As I continue this road of healing I look forward to sharing my journey with you. I would also like to say sorry if I repeat my self. I still have chemo brain and my eyes and concentration don’t work as well at the moment. Thank you and lots of love and positivity! God Bless!

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My Cancer Journey

I really don’t know how to start this post. Sometimes it feels like I’m stuck in the twilight zone. It feels very surreal.

A year ago I found a lump on my breast and I thought it was a cyst. It was on the surface. I waited a little to see if it would go away. It didn’t and I decided to go to the doctor. She sent me to get a mammogram and they said that I should do a biopsy. The biopsy was so annoying by the way. Waiting for results can take years off of you. It’s so stressful. Biopsy results showed that it is cancer and that it is HER2 positive.

HER2 positive is:

“HER2-positive breast cancer is a breast cancer that tests positive for a protein called human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2). This protein promotes the growth of cancer cells. In about 1 of every 5 breast cancers, the cancer cells have extra copies of the gene that makes the HER2 protein”

This was so shocking to me. I never in a million years pictured my self going through this. I mean no one does. I felt like I was in a black hole when I first found out.

My breast surgeon sent me to do all the testing to make sure that it hadn’t spread anywhere in the body. I did it all. CT scan and MRI are the worst tests. For me personally. Uncomfortable tests. At this time it felt like I was lost in a vortex.

All the tests came back good. Thank God and I had the cancer lump removed. I did not remove the breast just the lump. I also had lymph nodes checked out because cancer can spread to the lymph nodes under your armpit. Thank goodness it hasn’t.

I am now in a place where I’m ready to battle rather in a place of loss and confusion. I had to switch my mind set. I need to feel like I’m in control and the only way I can do this is to be optimistic, positive and determined. I need to be strong for my children and husband whom I love so much. I’m so grateful for everything in life.

So my treatments begin next week. I start chemotherapy, followed by radiation and hormone therapy. The entire process should be completed in a year and I also have to continue taking a prescription that puts me into menopause for five years or longer.

I also have to do a heart echo after each chemo because the medication can have an effect on the heart. This is scary but I’m working out on my treadmill to keep my heart in good shape.

I’m documenting my journey through videos because I want to share my story with others and I want to help others that are going through this as well.

Yesterday I had my PICC line put in and next week I will be ready to do my first chemotherapy. The first chemo takes 4 hours. I definitely need to bring a bag with me full of essential things. I will share #mycancerjourney on my YouTube channel.

Please subscribe if you want to follow me on this journey.

So this is what’s been happening in my life. It also sucks that we are in lockdown 3 in Toronto and I can’t bring anyone with me during my chemo. But I’ll be ok. I’m strong.

In April I celebrated my 45th Birthday. I don’t feel 45. I feel like I’m 30. 🎉

We have a kitten and his name is Mr. Ziggy He’s a blue bi-colour Ragdoll. He is only well behaved when he is sleeping. 😂
Hi I’m at the hospital doing a heart echo. All went well and I’m ready for my 1st chemo treatment.

I would like to say thank you 🙏 for all the online support and love that I’ve been receiving. It really brings me strength and gives me so much hope so thank you. I’m so grateful for all of you. God bless!

Glamulet New Pink Limited Charms For Breast Cancer Awareness #GlamuletPinkOctober

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Hello my lovely readers! I am here to share my story with you.  It is hard for me to write this post.  This topic hits close to home. I believe hits close to home for all of us.  I lost my aunt Stella and a few good friends (Cherl and Violet) from breast cancer and I truly wish that we can raise awareness and support charities that can truly make a difference.  Breast Cancer is the 2nd deadliest cause of death for women around the world.

There is a NEW launch with Glamulet to support women and families with Breast Cancer and to raise awareness to prevent breast cancer. For every charm bought 50% of the sales go to a charity fund for breast cancer.

“Right now breast cancer is at a tipping point. More women are surviving. But more are being diagnosed than ever before. And every 45 minutes, another woman dies from the disease. We’re going to change that. By doing whatever it takes, however we can, working tirelessly every day.
We’re bringing together the brightest minds, the boldest fundraisers and the most determined campaigners. And we need you to join us.
Because if we all act now, by 2050, we believe everyone who develops breast cancer will live.” – Glamulet Web

#GlamuletPinkOctober

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About Glamulet

Glamulet has created Pink Limited edition charms that are created to support Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. For Every set of charms added to the shopping cart 50% will be donated to a charity organization.  You can find more information on their website. -> GLAMULET 

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Thank you so much my friends for reading my post. I appreciate it very much and I hope we can all make a difference and bring awareness to stop and prevent Breast Cancer.

Thank you!

Missing you aunt Stella, Cherl and Violet.

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