A sentence I’ve never said before and gifts from friends

July 2, 2017

I have heard from so many friends and family who have sent such nice greetings that I have been overwhelmed with positive thoughts.  I did not realize that so many people I knew had had cancer at some point.  They all sound so promising that I can get thru this that maybe I can.  I think I can, I think I can, etc  I will, I will, I will!!

I have even received many nice gifts to help me along the way.  A group of ladies I quilt with gave me a gift bag with a gown and other goodies.  A cousin who survived breast cancer sent me a book that really helped her out.  Other friends have given me fancy earrings and head coverings to keep my head decorated and warm.  Course, I think they may have given me the nice earrings just to get my regular earrings away – trying to make me look stylish!! I totally refused the lipstick ideas tho!  I really do appreciate all the support everyone has been giving me.

I’ve been trying to get my almost bald head a little bit tanned.  At the pool today, Paula and Sue convinced me I should put some sunscreen on my head or it would probably get burned, so I did.  When I got back into the pool, Sue said she smelled gardenias but there were no gardenias nearby.  I thought she might be smelling the sunscreen so I told her to “Smell my scalp!”  I had never, ever said that sentence to anyone before!!  She did and it was the sunscreen.  Now I wish I had used sunscreen on more than just my scalp because my face is quite red.  Hopefully  it’ll be back to normal by tomorrow!

Tomorrow will begin the real journey, I suppose.  I will go to the ambulatory surgery center to get my port installed.  I can’t help it, but whenever I hear the words ambulatory surgery I just picture lots of patients slowly wandering up and down hallways while doctors and nurses try to do surgery on them!!  I think my mind is a fairly warped place to visit!!  My first chemo treatment will be on Thursday – that’ll be the next big step.  Not really looking forward to that.  They tell me I may get ‘chemo brain’ – I just wonder if my brain can get much worse than it already is!!!!  We shall see.

I was going to put photos of the gifts I’ve received in here but I am on my iPad and I need to use my laptop to put photos in.  Maybe I can put in the photos when I tell you about my ambulatory surgery experience.

Guess I am as ready as I’ll ever be to start this experience.

 

Author: melaniesjourneythroughcancer

I am a retired teacher who was recently diagnosed with triple negative ductal breast cancer. I decided to write this blog to record the actions and emotions that occur as I make this journey through the cancer experience.

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