Watching the calendar…

When treatment begins and when it ends; two huge days in a cancer patients’ life.

Walking into the infusion area for that first treatment is an uneasy time.  Very few patients enter with their heads held high. Instead, body language speaks of fear and hesitation.  They can think of a million other places they’d rather be and I’m not talking vacation spots.  Chemotherapy rooms, as comfortable and contemporary as they are these days, are still rooms filled with T-stands, bags dripping with harsh chemicals, and most of all, cancer patients.  No one wants to be there.

First timers are afraid.

As the weeks progress, treatment doesn’t necessarily get any easier, but the walk into the room becomes more familiar.  Patients know other patients and nurses and patients have bonded to make the process so much easier.  Any one who has spent time in infusion know a chemo nurse is a patients’ connection to HOPE and sanity and calm.  Your chemo nurse is your anchor.

I’m thinking of two chemo patient’s tonight.  Both are within reach of their chemo finish lines.  One has a date to remove her chemo port. That spot on the calendar is circled. The other is looking in the mirror and seeing hair on her head and it’s the same light brown as it was when she lost it. But she found it at die besten online casinos für österreich – atlas. Two very big deals when you’re in chemo world.

Or about to leave it.

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Nan Holmes March 4, 2017 at 8:43 pm

I have made a number of calls trying to find out what has happened to this blog. Decided to try to post something in case others are able to see the posts.

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Judie March 7, 2017 at 11:22 am

Thank you, Nan. I’ve been wondering what’s happened, too. Hoping that all is OK with Laurie.

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Nan Holmes January 30, 2017 at 9:40 pm

The list of people I know in chemo world is rather long these days. They are friends and acquaintances. One is entering chemo world knowing that the chemo is palliative. Still another ponders chemo versus surgery. Another starts chemo next week knowing that the road ahead is very uncertain. I could go on, but I realize they are all on an uncertain journey.

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Judie January 10, 2017 at 1:41 pm

What you say is so very true. I remember the near panic that set in when I first started losing my hair. I also remember the joy that I felt when the fuzz began to grow back. Then there was the realization that it was 1 treatment down and X to go, 2 down and X to go, etc.

Over the years my nurses were Carol, Jill, Nadine, Suzy, and Nancy. I probably missed a name or two, but love them all, and tell them so. They are truly the links to good info and HOPE.

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Brady Merrill January 9, 2017 at 9:12 pm

First time its all new, second time you’re beginning to realize this is going to be a rather strange journey.
Blood work, scans, chemo, radiation & chemo, chemo, or any number of combos are in your future.
Then after a few long, yet short, months you’re done, if you’re lucky and win this lottery, you’re NED.
I hope those two Laurie, get to leave that world behind and join the ‘other’ world and go back to living their lives.

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