What great news I had yesterday when I was informed I had already completed 1 more session than I’d realised. So in actual fact only 13 more days to go….half way through.
I was talking to nurse Judy yesterday after treatment at my weekly nurses clinic and she lovingly agreed, after I’d finished explaining how overwhelmed I’d felt the last few weeks, that my schedule will lighten in the next month so my hectic, brutal, life has a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. It may not be an overseas holiday, but normal daily life will do me just fine. Especially while I have you, all my wonderful friends by my side.
So while there are lows like my scan images below, the coloured patches (No I’m not being politically incorrect or racist) are the radiation sites….Ignore my resting bitch face!
There are beautiful highs.
Happy days xx
Published by Debra Mesecke
I was 21 and I was planning a wedding, buying a house and had a job interview for the job of my dreams on my 22nd birthday. You see I was being made redundant and had to find a new job by August. Especially with the new mortgage now. It was April. I worked for CML and my new job was a done deal. All I needed was a medical. And with that, just like that....my life was turned upside down and I was diagnosed with CML, ha ha, I know the irony. My hematologist had a laugh at that too. I had Chronic Myeloid Leukeamia, which was normally reserved for 70 year old men. Quite rare for a young adult to get, so how would they treat it? I underwent two separate trials until finally it was decided my best chance of survival (all be it only 50% chance), would be a MUD BMT (matched unrelated bone marrow transplant), now known as VUD Allograt (volunteer unrelated donor). I was told 21 years ago the chance of finding a match was 1 in 20,000 (and that is everyone was on the bone marrow donor registry). Scary odds. So being the risk taker I am I said "go for it". They found a match and that was my first miracle in this journey. The second miracle was, it worked - new blood type, two different DNA profiles and the miracle of medicine was reborn inside me. The third miracle is my son.
25 years on, I now face a new challenge. Breast Cancer. Certainly not the first person to have cancer, to have invasive ductile cancer, hormone receptive and HER2 +, or to even have a dual diagnosis. But this is not another Webiste about a cancer survivor, this is just my excuse to finally publicly write. Along the way I am hoping I can share some insights I have learnt over the years and at the same time, give you a good belly laugh.
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2 thoughts on “Highs & Lows”
He is soooo cute – great photos by the way. PS blue looks good on you
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Ha ha you read too fast!