It was a momentous day. Hair – chopped. Wigs – styled. Echo Cardiogram – passed. Chemo Teach – scheduled. Why do these things matter?
The wig styling goes right along with this. Eddie spent the first part of our appointment working with the two wigs that I’ll likely use the most to get them styled around my face and fit more into the style that I generally wear. I actually love the way they look. I have another blonder and longer wig that I will likely use some – and we will style that in a few weeks.
To me this day really signals that I’m embracing what’s ahead. I know that my treatment will change my life. They will change it in a distressing way short term by compromising the way that I feel and look. The treatments will change my life in a good way long-term as it will rid my body of any possible stray cells that could cause future trouble. Looking at it that way makes the short term effects much more tolerable considering what the long term benefits are.
The Echo Cardiogram is significant because it’s necessary to show that you have no heart issues to prevent you from qualifying for chemo. Mine showed adequate heart health to runner stamp my treatment. The Chemo Teach is also one of the other checklist items that you must complete before starting chemo. With my session scheduled for Monday morning, I’m closer than ever to getting my chemo schedule and getting started with the 20 week process. And that is most certainly why these things matter to me.
Sort of a funny thing to be “excited” about but getting my life and myself back requires this. So let’s get on with it. And I can make it better for everyone my journey touches by taking it on with humor, positivity and an aggressive beatdown attitude.