What grace! What poise! What beauty! I had the opportunity to see Alexa dance tonight in a group ballet piece. It was so lovely! They earned a silver medal. I wish I'd been able to see her other group and solo performances but so far those have been during the day when I'm at work. There are a couple performances I should be able to catch on Saturday.
Almost a year has passed since I last had my shoulder massaged. My last massage was at the end of last May. And then I started back to work full time and with it and the exhaustion, I was afraid to commit to an appointment for which I might feel too tired to get to. But now that my shoulders appear to be thawed and my energy levels are improving, I booked myself in on Tuesday and I'm sure glad I did. Pam has magic hands. She's "a healer". The first time she gave me a massage, I must confess that I was even a little spooked. It was a pretty amazing experience ... the sense that she's working you over with her mind and energy and not just her hands. My shoulders had a much improved range of motion after she had worked on them. She also gave me a lymphatic massage that will have helped, too. She said my underarm seemed a little extra puffy and I'm sure that's still carry over from lifting groceries on Sunday. It's not nearly as bad but it does take a while ... a few days at least ... for the swelling to come back down to almost normal. I see her again in 2 weeks. I'm hoping that between her massage and my stretching (thanks, Berny, for the elastic band and pamphlet) that I'll be able to really improve the range of motion in my shoulders.
I would be so happy if my arms could regain ballerina-like grace and flexibility! I think I remember the first few positions. I'm going to go try them right now and see how close I can get!
Breast cancer motivated me to start a blog, mostly to keep track of everything for myself but also to allow family and friends to keep up to date about my progress. My blog has evolved and so have I.
Now, along with my continuous breast cancer experience, I also blog about my kitchen experiments, my return to quilting as therapy, and my return to full-time work.
I didn't realize when I was diagnosed that breast cancer and the treatments would take so much out of me and that the effects would be so difficult and last so long. That said, I'm glad to be alive and now I need to leave a legacy. Time's a wasting. Must make quilts.
Breast Cancer (booooo) was the opponent. I hope I won. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2009. I had a sentinel node lumpectomy later that month and on June 10, 2009, I started Chemotherapy followed by radiation treatments - the last one being December 20, 2009.
I thought it was all over. The cancer part seems to be over so far but I hadn't anticipated the awful effects of Arimidex (the aromatase inhibitor/estrogen blocker) that I started taking after chemo. The effects were long lasting and really awful. And then both my shoulders became frozen. I see that frozen shoulder is not uncommon for women who have been through breast cancer treatments but nobody seems to know why. And now I'm on Tamoxifen and there are the side effects from that, which are much milder than I had with Arimidex but at this point I don't know what's caused by either of those drugs or what might be the lingering effects of chemo and radiation. It's a much longer haul than I initially understood.
This blog has been my game's colour commentary starting 6 days before the kick-off of my first chemo treatment. I hope I won. That's the funny thing with cancer, though. You don't know for sure. You just have to be cocky enough to act like you've won.
Everyone who visits here has been on my team (because there's no "I" in "TEAM") and this blog was for them to to follow the game plan and the progress. It turned out it's also been therapy for me and a record of so many details I forget because of the also unanticipated "chemo brain". One thing I know for sure is that I wouldn't have made it through this without my team of family and friends. Thank you! Thank you! THANK YOU!! We're here. We Might Have WON!!
To learn the details about my particular discovery of my tumour and my diagnosis and treatment, please read this.
If you're more interested in my new quilting hobby, visit my blog that's supposed to be JUST about quilting at Peace.Love.Quilt.