One year cancer treatment anniversary

30 April.  One year to the day that I started my first round of chemo.  365 days ago, I crawled out of bed and had to get a taxi to take me around the corner to Guy’s Cancer Centre as my back was so seized up I couldn’t walk.  As I sat in my heated purple chair in the chemo ward, I had no idea where I would be in a year – or, scarily, if I would even still be here. 

One year on and I started my day with a swim at the local gym and then headed in to work. Yesterday I saw my Oncologist and, one year on, we're starting maintenance treatment.  That means less Oncology appointments, less blood tests and less Zometa!  My scan results showed everything was stable so it's all a matter of maintaining the balance and living my new normal.


One year on, and I’m not just still here but I’m living and loving life still here.  One year on and I’m back at work (ok, on reduced hours) but I’m working again.  I’m excited to be planning adventures – not too far into the future as I don’t want to jinx anything - but I’m back in my element, planning.  One year ago, I didn’t think I’d have these choices.  Thanks to modern medicine (chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy), complementary therapies, (Living Well and The Approach at Penny Brohn, Reflexology at Breast Cancer Haven and nutrition advice from Dawn Waldron) and the endless love and support from family and friends, I’ve got control of my life again.

30 April 2019
27 April 2018

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