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  • Words about Weirdly Wonderful Wonky Wigs

    I cannot keep my new hair on. No matter how gently I tweak my wig first one way, then another, then another, then another. I have been told that once I have no hair, apparently, the situation will be “better”: the wig should (somehow) att...
  • CT Scan Results – I Only Like Supermarket Scanners Now

    The results from my first CT scan are back and they were not exactly good. Not unless a lot of findings are considered at least ‘interesting’ (which presumably they are, in a way, to technicians and researchers). Before I had the CT scan,...
  • MRI: Not Waving, Not Drowning

    One thing that I didn’t mention earlier about my first MRI scan was my weird anxiety over the ear protection. Since I was already lying face down with my arms above my head, it didn’t occur to me – until it was too late – to t...
  • My New Wig: Hope, in a Box

    Yesterday I had my first ever wig fitting session. To be honest, it all felt pretty unreal to me. I am still going through the motions of another person’s life. (A person I don’t even know yet.) The experience was another small but signif...
  • Elephants in the MRI

    For me, one difficult aspect of the MRI scan experience was the struggle to keep both my body and my mind ‘perfectly, perfectly still’ for the images. If I am honest, it was barely tolerable. One twitch too many and the messed up scans wo...
  • The Right Shoes for an MRI

    Yesterday I remembered that Bette Midler once said: “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world”. I loved the sound of that advice! It was (dauntingly) ambitious yet still affordable and conveniently well-timed for my next...
  • Battle of the Bra

    Yesterday was yet another new experience: buying a non-underwired bra. This was actually a milestone (for me) because I had needed to overcome decades of resistance to the idea first. So I went off to M&S, where a suitable bra was pointed out to ...
  • The MRI Washing Machine

    The cheerful poster on the changing room wall claimed that the MRI scan would be just “like being in a washing machine”. This got my attention: I had never had an MRI scan before and I had never been in a washing machine either! The poste...
  • Maria von Trapp did not mention any of these in her song

    Hello everyone! I have not yet even started my cancer treatment as such, so I am getting prepared by 'learning the language'. It looks like I will be learning at least one new word every day. I am so worried about 'chemo fog' and the ...
  • Hearty Heart Ultrasound

    Hello everyone! Another recent first for me has been the heart ultrasound. I had not expected one, as I do not have any history of heart problems. But then these words popped into my mind: “not that I know of” and “yet”. (That...
  • The Giant Doughnut

    Hello everyone! Well, my first experience with the ‘giant doughnut’, the CT scanner, is now behind me. Admittedly, it is the only doughnut in my life that I haven’t been entirely overjoyed to be offered. But it was still actually qu...