Mummy’s poorly, let’s get her better

  • Nails, eyebrows and teeth….the ongoing fun of chemo side effects

    After the high of last week, (which I’m still experiencing don’t get me wrong) it’s time to talk about some of the lasting effects following my 18 weeks of chemotherapy.  I am lucky and five/six weeks post my final treatment I&...
    • 14 May 2021
  • Post surgery biopsy results

    On Friday I was back at the hospital to see my Surgeon for my post surgery review and to hopefully get the results from the biopsies for everything they took out.  To say I was nervous was a bit of an understatement!  If they had the result...
    • 8 May 2021
  • Cancer reading and Chemo in lockdown vs pre-lockdown thoughts

    Whilst I’ve been attempting to do as I’m told and just rest to give my body a chance to recover from major surgery (I’m doing my best I promise), the one thing I am relishing is the opportunity to spend some quality time reading! Wh...
    • 3 May 2021
  • Worst patient in the world take two

    It’s been four days since my surgery, I’m home and under strict instructions to simply rest and recover from the procedure. That is easier said than done! As I mentioned in my previous post I am lucky that I have come out of my op well. I...
    • 2 May 2021
  • Surgery done and dusted

    I’m writing this from my hospital bed and I’m pleased to say that my surgery yesterday all went to plan. They removed my right nipple and the cancer lump attached to it as well as half the lymph nodes on my right side (which was the plan ...
    • 29 Apr 2021
  • Count down to surgery...try not to focus on 'what ifs'

    This morning I had my pre-op assessment and COVID tests ahead of my operation on Wednesday, its all starting to get very real!  The boys were dropped of with grandparents over the weekend (and are loving the excitement of it all, after all ...
    • 26 Apr 2021
  • Stuck in limbo, preparing for nipple-off

    It’s been a weird week. For the first time since I was diagnosed (25th November) I haven’t had any medical appointments or treatments this week and it has felt very odd. I was so lucky to go straight from diagnosis into a whirlwind of mor...
    • 17 Apr 2021
  • Has the chemo worked? Moving on to level 2

    It felt very odd this week, I didn’t have my usual chemo appointments booked but I still felt the same as I was still suffering the tiredness and other affects from my last session last week. However on Wednesday I made may way to the hospital ...
    • 10 Apr 2021
  • Level one of cancer club complete!

    Yesterday I wore the cold cap for the last time! Even writing those words doesn’t quite make it seem real. After 18 weeks I have finished the first stage of my cancer journey, or as my husband put it, I’ve completed level one of cancer cl...
    • 3 Apr 2021
  • Mum guilt and census sadness

    Had a great weekend with the boys. I was flying high after my success last week, have had my last “big chemo” and so whilst that meant I was my usual groggy tried self we had lots of family time and cuddles. Played some board games and re...
    • 23 Mar 2021
  • Excited for chemo, what have I become?

    Logging on today I realise it’s been two weeks since I posted. Apologies all I guess the reason being there hasn’t really been much to update on until now. First things first, the boys are back at school! Hurrah  I love my boys dear...
    • 18 Mar 2021
  • Loosing my identity...I’m not just my cancer!

    So this entry has been brought on in part by reading back through my early posts. They were only a few months ago and yet the tone and style of writing feels like a whole other person! Yes I’ve been through a fair bit since then (who hasn&rsquo...
    • 5 Mar 2021
  • The new normal, sharing secrets?

    We’ve all just settled into our routines now. The boys are used to me having no energy and disappearing for a nap, as well as the weekly trips to drop me off for my treatment. I’m so proud at how they have just accepted it as part of thei...
    • 28 Feb 2021
  • I’m no stronger than anyone else?

    It has been a bit of a strange week. I had what should have been an ‘easy’ week this week as I only had the Taxol last week but for some reason (I now think lack of a proper breakfast) I reacted badly and had a really rough few days. &nbs...
    • 19 Feb 2021
  • COVID vaccine and hot flushes - I have all the fun!

    I am feeling very grateful this week to be among the millions of people to have received the COVID vaccine! There have to be some perks to having cancer and going through chemotherapy.  I got the call last week once my GP had updated my records ...
    • 10 Feb 2021
  • Half way through chemo!

    It feels like I should celebrate this milestone I can't quite believe I am already halfway through the scheduled 18 sessions of chemotherapy, that's brilliant! It does feel great to think it is on the count down from here. I'm also relieved to be abl...
    • 31 Jan 2021
  • Accepting the inevitable

    I am nearly half way through my scheduled chemotherapy now.  This Thursday will mark my 9th session out of 18 and until last week and for the most part I have 'gotten away' with some tiredness for a couple of days following my treatment ...
    • 26 Jan 2021
  • The chemo guilt?

    This is a difficult post for me to write. Today has been one of the harder days for me. I’m two days post chemo at the start of a cycle which means all the drugs and therefore typically I’m feeling it! I’m exhausted and have mainly ...
    • 16 Jan 2021
  • Feeling thankful

    Short update this week as I am finding myself with less and less time whilst like so many I am juggling zoom calls for work, endless home schooling for my boys as well as the work piling up from the zoom calls.  All whilst I combat the inescapab...
    • 13 Jan 2021
  • New Year - New Challenges, let's stay positive!

    So thankfully I was still able to have my treatment last week, I am so grateful to my usual cancer team who were able to sort it for me to attend another treatment centre last week so I could continue my weekly treatments, especially as some of them ...
    • 5 Jan 2021
  • Cancer in a time of Covid

    So like so many people up and down the country our plans for Christmas were changed. We were out into tier 4 so no more parents on Christmas Day.  But for my cancer journey the bigger impact is that I got a call on Boxing Day to let me know that...
    • 28 Dec 2020
  • One round complete - positive pants back in place!

    I’ve now completed one full round of treatment which for me is three weeks of chemotherapy. One with all the drugs (Paclitaxel, also known as taxol, Carboplatin, Herceptin and Pertuzumab), then two weeks of just Taxol. I will need to have 6 rou...
    • 19 Dec 2020
  • Reality hits and it hurts

    I pride myself on being a positive person and have tried to be positive so far during this time.  Let's be honest my prognosis is good compared with many others and whilst I have a difficult journey ahead I have hope and that is really good!...
    • 14 Dec 2020
  • Rumours are true, I’m not superwoman

    Today I had my second chemo session (more on that later) but I first wanted to catch you up on the rollercoaster I have felt in this last week.  I think it is fair to say that so far, whilst devastated by the news I have been mostly determined a...
    • 10 Dec 2020
  • Learning to be a patient

    It’s the first weekend following my first chemo. Thankfully I seem to have minimal side effects thus far. But I am obviously not the person I was two weeks ago. I have much less energy, I can’t just run around after the boys, sort all the...
    • 6 Dec 2020