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Nov 27, 2013 06:59PM
First, thank you for the best laugh I've had all day (I was following the other thread) - except that my computer screen was quickly baptized in Jack Daniels' Winter Cider. I needed something to make me smile.
I'm a JewBu...kinda-sorta...a "Jew by injection" as my (jewish) husband's best friend reminds me. And an exploring Buddhist (not all who wander are lost...except maybe me). And yes, I do attend a UU church (when the spirit moves me).
I'm far less vain than I was prior to chemo. I loved being bald - no bad hair days, no dyeing, no fighting with electrical torture devices to make my hair do something it didn't want to do. I would still be bald, I suspect - except now it's just less work to let the hair grow. Without eyelashes and eyebrows, I gave up makeup; I use it from time to time but I refuse to spend more than 5 minutes doing anything to my face.
I'll admit - I got lazy with the hair-loss thing, and I only shave my legs when the hair gets annoying now. I run and do yoga (not *well*, but I try...) and sometimes, I notice others kinda *noticing* the hair on my legs blowing in the breeze. And I always shave before any doctor's appointment because I know someone's going to want to touch my boobs and I'll have to lift my arms and...well...
The only thing high-maintenance about me anymore is my fingernail polish fetish. My nails were a disaster after chemo - holy cow, they were fugly! The only way I can keep them from splitting, even now, is to keep them polished. Essie is great, and a nice base coat, two coats of polish, and a quick-drying top coat - it's my Sunday afternoon ritual! And my fingernails look great. Now, if I could only get my toenails in as good shape.
TMI? Probably not in these forums...
"Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life." - Omar Khayyam
11/22/2011, IDC, Left, 1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH)
12/5/2011 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
1/19/2012 AC + T (Taxol)
6/12/2012 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
1/27/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
2/15/2016 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Left
3/1/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
7/21/2016 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap
1/31/2017, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone