A word about “I’m Hot!…and I’m Bald!”: CHEMOTHERAPY FOR WINNERS

Yesterday I got an email from a friend I hadn’t heard from in about a year.  She’s in the hospital, having just had a hip replacement, the result of chemo treatment for cancer.  Last month, I had a hysterectomy, the result of the chemo drug I still take.  The point: chemotherapy isn’t just about the time you spend in the chair, or the pills you drop for 6 months.  It has an afterlife that can go on for years.  Side effects aren’t just nausea or anemia, they’re hip replacements and hysterectomies.

I walk up a real mountain almost every day, most of the time carrying a load of groceries.  I break a sweat almost all the way up that climb.  I also keep my muscles strong, because I have osteoarthritis.  I had arthritis before chemo, that’s why my knee blew out.  But was the arthritis exacerbated by chemo?  There’s evidence that there’s a connection.  Who else is wondering about this stuff?

The book is designed to support us through the entire chemo journey.  What I want to happen here is, I’ll read something and think “Wow, I never thought of that!”  That’s why your participation is so important.  You’re the person who’s going to put the relevant parts of your story into words that will help others figure things out.

And about the book: if I ever have to go through chemo again, a copy of my book will be tucked into my purse from the get-go.  Every time I open it, I see something that I forgot I wrote, something I’m glad I wrote, because it’s going to help me get through it, both physically and mentally.

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