Chemo

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As I make my way back to my new, old self, here are a few things I’ve learnt along the way. I’d prefer if no-one ever needed to read these tips, but, if you ever have to face cancer, face it fighting. And if you know someone who has to face it, fight it with them

Moisturise:

Do it morning, noon and night. Treat yourself to the best you can afford and lather it on. I can admit, my skin is better now than it was before chemo started. I used a La Roche Posay anti irritation all over. They have a range especially designed to care for people through cancer https://www.laroche-posay.com/article/Better-skin-throughout-cancer/a27668.aspx\

Nails:

Your finger and toe nails will suffer. The human body is so clever because it pushes chemo as far away from your vital organs as possible, depositing the residue at your fingers and toes. So keep your nails painted, it will protect the outside of the nail itself from UV light and will give you a better chance of holding onto all 20. I wore https://www.sallyhansen.com/ie/nail-color/miracle-gel-value-pack?shade=digfig601 for seven months and kept all of my nails.

Fabric:

I never appreciated fabric on my body as much as I do now. Get yourself lots of cotton t-shirts for night time, you’ll love the absorption and you’ll need lots of changes.  And cashmere, wow! I got a present of a baby cashmere beanie hat and it was like giving my baldy head a big hug. I used to even wear it in bed, just so snug and breathable. https://sphereone.ie/sphere-one-arc

Eyebrows:

I had my eyebrows microbladed in advance of chemo by Elizabeth Oakes. She was the first stranger I told I had cancer. It was a big deal to get those words out. Not only was Elizabeth kind and gentle with me, she is an amazing artist and my brows are unreal. I was go glad I made the decision to get them done before chemo started https://www.elizabethoakes.ie/

Wig:

This was my toughest challenge. For me it was the least physically painful but the most upsetting.  I went to Vickie in Origin Hair Salon and I had my wig in the wardrobe at least six weeks before I needed it.  When the time comes, it’s nice to have it to hand. https://originhairdesign.ie/

Peeing:

The only way your body has to get the chemo out is by sweating and weeing. So don’t hold onto you wees, go as often as you can.

Water:

And to help with that, drink at least two litres of water a day. The faster the chemo gets out of you after it has done its job, the better.

Tissue:

Keep a packet of tissues on you at all time. And not just for the tears! Hair loss happens all over your body, I never wondered why you have hair in your noise, but without it, snot, literally, falls out.

 

After that, in the words of Baz Luhrmann, Wear Sunscreen!

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh nevermind; you will not understand the power and

 beauty of your youth until they have faded.But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of

yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how

fabulous you really looked.You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum.The real troubles in your life

are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind.The kind that blindside you at 4pm on

 some idle Tuesday.Don’t waste your time on jealousy, Sometimes you’re ahead,Sometimes You’re

behind.The race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself.Whatever you do, don’t Congratulate

 yourself too much or berate yourself either.Your choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s.

Enjoy your body, Use it every way you can… Don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of

It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own…

 

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