It has been a long time since I have written, and life has just kept on keeping on. I am trying to get back to normal now that all my treatments are done. My hair is really growing back in earnest now (see picture) and miracle of miracles, the hot flashes have tapered off. I wasn’t expecting them to, so it is really wonderful not to be constantly taking my clothes on and off. The medical oncologist said that this means that I am getting ovarian function back, yay. I follow up with them in early July with MRI, ultrasound, and mammograms and then with the radiation oncologist in September. I’ll trade off between the two of them every three months for the next 2 years.
I am mostly recovered from the radiation treatments. I have some adhesions at my under arm scar, which isn’t comfortable. Basically, the scar is attached to the fascia, the sheathing around muscles. Sometimes when I extend my right arm, it pulls all the way up my arm into my wrist. I am doing some tissue massage to get it to release, but it is slow going. My skin is almost all the way recovered, though, which is good.
Most of my time I am kept occupied with work and the garden. I have about 5 experiments planned for the summer, hopefully one or two of them will work. Colin has turned over about half of the beds and about a third of them are planted, peas and spinach, and some brassicas are coming up. We might have greens coming out of our ears, but I am excited about that too.
May will be a big month for me, planting field experiments, planting the garden, and turning 30. Most 30 year olds haven’t had to deal with the same kind of drama that I have, but that is ok. In exchange, I have gained more perspective. I am not freaking out about being old, I am excited about the opportunity to become old, I hope that I get to get some wrinkles and grey hair (hair has grown back lighter, no grey). I think that my 30’s could be a really good decade. There is lots of fun to be had, life to be lived, and mangoes to eat. Mmmm mangoes.
Thanks all for the cards that I have gotten in the last month in a half. Soon enough I will have compiled the pictures. Well, I hope that May is treating you well.
See, I have hair!!
Me and Colin at the Meijer Botanical and Sculpture Gardens