Category Archives: chemotherapy

The Invisible Scars

I caught my reflection in the bathroom mirror this morning and was taken a-back by how well the surgical scars are healing. My plastic surgeon was really quite masterful and it’s only now I’m starting to see this. The physical … Continue reading

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Another day amongst the daffodils

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Chemo week and my fourth day of sitting on the verandah in the late winter sun watching the daffodils in full bloom.  I can also see them from lying in my bed…

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Pathfinding

Last Sunday I spent the day feeling like I was standing on the edge of a cliff, waiting to dive over and into whatever lay before. Chemotherapy had finished three weeks prior and I was preparing to launch back into … Continue reading

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Only kindness matters

In the end, only kindness matters – Jewel, Hands Is there anything more peaceful and mesmerising than watching the waves break onto a deserted beach? Looking out to sea, the long swells of turquoise rise and fall as they move … Continue reading

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Endings and Beginnings

What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from. – T. S. Eliot Finally, it is done! Chemotherapy is finished. I had my … Continue reading

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Another day amongst the daffodils

Chemo week and my fourth day of sitting on the verandah in the late winter sun watching the daffodils in full bloom.  I can also see them from lying in my bed and the sofa in our loungeroom.  It is … Continue reading

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This is what it feels like when cells die

There really is no joy in being a cancer research scientist and undergoing chemotherapy. I have become the ultimate bioreactor, complete with incubator and biological waste disposal mechanism. And I hate it. My eyes flew open at 1:10am last Thursday … Continue reading

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