Chemo #4. Check. Two more to go. Silver Lining!
As you may remember, I go chemo to in an outfit that makes me feel good, happy and confident. I have always put forth an effort to look my best, no matter how I feel, and chemo infusions are no exception. So, the outfits that I wear to chemo are chosen with care and have special meaning to me. Here is what I wore today.
- Our daughter, a/k/a Finally Five went into my scarf drawer and picked it out herself. I frequently ask Finally Five what scarf she wants me to wear. It gives her a great sense of engagement and control. Plus, she has great taste and makes it fun!
- A new friend gave this scarf to me from her extensive Hermes collection (SL). How kind, generous and thoughtful, right?
- It’s the most comfortable scarf I own. Shocking, I know, to think that scarves have varying levels of comfort. Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s true!
The outfit is part of my new spring suit by Lyn Devon. (There is a jacket that goes on top.) I can’t begin to tell you how much I am loving this Loro Piana fabric. Yes, it’s Loro Piana fabric. It is sooooooo comfortable! I had to do some alterations on it (only because I have shrunk) and my terrific tailor went on and on about the quality of the fabric and how well it is made. Impressive. I’ve written about Lyn here before. She is not only extraordinarily talented, but she is the highest quality person, whom I respect immensely. I am honored to call her a friend.
I am also carrying a the India Hobo bag made by my dear friend Alexandra Knight. Not only is it pretty, but it is super functional, easily carrying my Mac Book Air as well as the rest of my pursey things. I am also immensely honored to know Alexandra. She’s funny, smart, witty, generous (beyond belief!) and über talented.
So, this is how I rolled to chemo today. Feeling well turned out, surrounded by my friends and their love. How’s that for a SL?
Before every chemo infusion, we have a meeting with my dear Oncologist. Today, we had the “come to treatment” talk with him. The Husband and I felt like it was time to ask about the Elephant in the room that is Radiation. Will I have it? Will I not have it?
Way back when, what seems like eons ago. I was told, “After surgery and the aggressive chemo, you probably won’t need radiation.” It was my plastic surgeon, however, who said, “They always tell you that you don’t need radiation until one day they tell you that you need it.” This is why it was in the back of our minds. And the reason for asking today.
My oncologist chuckled and said, “Yes, that is usually how it goes.” To his credit, he never said that I probably wouldn’t need it. Rather, he said that we would talk about it toward the end of chemo. So, there’s a little SL here. We are nearing the end of chemo. And it’s time to talk about it.
The Husband and I were not completely surprised. All along, I had been Hoping for the Best & Preparing for the Worst, e.g, hoping to skip radiation, but preparing for its inevitability.
So here we are. Adding another 6 weeks of treatment to the overall plan. F-Bomb. I was really (REALLY!) hoping to be done…done…done after chemo. Well, it is what it is and this is the path.
Radiation therapy — also called radiotherapy — is a highly targeted, highly effective way to destroy cancer cells in the breast that may stick around after surgery. Radiation can reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence by about 70%. This is the SL to which I will attach my intentions for the next phase of treatment.
It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.
– Lena Horne