Thought I’d pop by and say hello as it’s been a while. I realised today that I finished active breast cancer treatment three years ago. What a ride!
I have thought a lot about the end of my world since my diagnosis. My ‘el fin del mundo‘ which is Spanish for ‘world’s end’, since 30 percent of all breast cancer patients will die of the disease no matter what their stage was at diagnosis or how successful treatment for their early breast cancer appeared to be.
Depression and post treatment anxiety are a part of my life now which I regularly need treatment for. And I’m continuing with the anti-cancer drugs for another seven years despite the hideous side effects I live with. The facial hair is coming along swimmingly.
To think, if I hadn’t had my life saved by conventional treatment, I would never have lived to experience the wonder of Snapchat filters, and that my friends would have been an absolute travesty!
I’m leaving my kids and Mr Cool in three weeks when I depart for Argentina. I’m taking a side-trip to South Georgia Island and a week of zodiac shore visits to the world’s seventh continent, Antarctica. Which truly is end of the world.
Visiting Antarctica has been a dream I’ve had since I was seven. I’d spend hours under lamplight looking at maps of Antarctica in atlases. Intrigued by the flux of ice shore lines and relishing the stories of the battle of explorers to be the first there or the earliest to understand her.
This trip will inspire me in so many ways and contribute to my future creative output. I will paint, write and soak in as much as I can about the ecology of these frozen landscapes.
Here’s to looking forward and living forward. Peace be with you amigos. x
Glad you keep writing these blogs as the cancer experience obviously keeps on and it’s good reading. Thanks for sharing. You can definitely join the pirate band with that look! Maybe you should add piccolo to your list of new creative pursuits- it’s easy to carry!
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The trip to Antartica sounds amazing! Enjoy! Great that you can keep your sense of humor on all this. What’s the alternative, right? Peace!
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How courageous and beautiful you are! And I truly mean that.. my heart goes out to you 💝.
Over the last 7 months, I (37 years of age) have just gone through surgeries and chemo for breast cancer, and I feel very lucky to be here – the last few rounds of chemo brought me frighteningly close to not pulling through.(thank God I am still here!🙏). I am just starting on anti-cancer drugs, and I have to say, I feel empowered by you and your story, to embrace every day – but that is so much easier said than done..! How DO you do it..?!
I really appreciate you sharing your story with us all, I hope all is well with you xx
With every good wish,