I found out I had breast cancer and focused on all of the next steps - all of the things I had to do to kind of be considered "standard of care". I knew I would need surgery and potentially chemotherapy and radiation, too but I just wanted to get the cancer out as quickly as possible.
I had a full time job and along with that job, I had the second job of kicking cancer's butt along with the home life with two young children and a house with laundry, cleaning and more to consider.
My laser like focus got me through chemotherapy but I was a bit like a monk and stopped doing everything except going to work in the time in between treatments. My job did not work out - in no small part because of the breast cancer experience but it did allow me to have extra time off starting in May.
I finished chemotherapy on May 1; my job ended on May 2. Do not feel bad for me, though, because I got a much needed break from May 2 until I started daily radiation on May 22.
Radiation was 5 days a week for almost 7 weeks and just finished on July 11. Yesterday was my first day without this additional treatment and for the first time since November 29, I have "nothing" to do regarding active cancer treatments. I do have follow ups of course but my plan is to follow my oncologist's advice and just forget about all of this unless she tells me otherwise (hopefully never).
My summer is wide open and I am enjoying it. I am not working on anything or planning too much. I am just giving myself time to rest and recuperate. I am finally out and about with my buzz cut and trying to rock it and I am trying to be a resource for people who are recently diagnosed in small ways in my real life and my online persona, too.
For me, it is about enjoying life and trying to move on from these months and months of medical intervention.
This is what I do in the time between.
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