1 down, 5 to go.
So yesterday was FEC day 1 (the name of the chemo drugs regime I am on) so aptly named. Arrived to a packed out Macmillan unit (this bastard seriously does affects 1 in 2) and the impeding doom of a long wait. I must have gone to the toilet about 5 times and the anxiety was high. I did manage to suss out a few young people this time and the age difference wasn’t quite the normal 20 years!
A smiley face appeared and came over to chat and reassure me. It was the lovely Sara from the Cancer Hair Care Charity in the Old Town. I will name drop and reference here because they are a fantastic charity helping so many cancer sufferers out there. Massive respect to you guys, hopefully I can return the favour and fund raise once this is all done and dusted.
Eventually I was called through and given a lovely seat with a view to get hooked up and drugged up! The Macmillan nurses are fantastic and the wonderful Kelly got the line in without me even flinching. I was also sat next to a lovely lady who tried to keep me calm and discuss her first time with me. As I sit and look around the room 1)I’m astounded at everyone sat there getting their treatment so blasé and battling this beast head on 2) I still feel so young every time. I think in my bay the average age was 60. Don’t get me wrong I have joined a few social media groups for young sufferers and I know it does not discriminate, but it’s just tough when you are sitting there and you have 7 month old babies sat at home in someone else’s care. How did my maternity leave turn into this nightmare??
The treatment was pretty straight forward and only took about an hour or so then I was free to leave. I was armed with a pharmacy of drugs to take and injections to self inject and a lovely yellow waste bucket! Mmm not sure that will fit in with my decor plans in the new kitchen. Did I mention we are buying a house in the midst of all this? Yeah I know I don’t do things by half!
With a list of side effects as long as your arm it is now a waiting game to see which ones I am lucky enough to endure. So far its been a case of nausea, but I have been pregnant with twins so this is a doddle!
Info on Cancer Hair Care – visit their website at http://www.cancerhaircare.com , alternatively drop in and visit them for a chat at their studio like I did -The Caring Hair Studio, 5A Middle Row, Stevenage old town, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 3AN.