Friday, December 27, 2019

Six Months After Chemo - UPDATE

HI There Everyone!

It's been a while! Actually almost 6 months since my last round of chemo!

I sort of faded off into the sunset for a while there, but I'm BACK now using my new Chromebook. Oh NO, the floodgates are open!

During the last 4 months, I've been back to work full-time and managing fairly well.

I lost most of my eyebrows and eyelashes a few weeks after the last round; but low and behold, by 11 weeks post chemo, they grew in lusciously and perfectly. They now seem to be returning to normal.

My hair shedding picked up dramatically starting in September and just recently stopped shedding about 4 weeks ago. A patch at the top back part of my head got very thin, but I was able to sprinkle 'Toppik' on the patch disguising it.

This product Toppik is a fantastic product for women and men with patches of hair loss. I kid you not - it really hides the thin patches. I would recommend this product to men if they are self-conscious with male pattern baldness at the back of their head. It won't run down your head. It stays put - an amazing product! Look it up! It comes in all colors, and here's the link: 


Again, even with all that shedding for months, no one would ever know that I went through chemo. I am officially declaring my cold capping a SUCCESS! I have yet to cut or color my hair, and never had the chance to find out how grey I really was until this. It's not that grey on the top of my head. You can use a root powder to soften the grey strands, so it's all good.

I've found a new oncologist who plans to check me every other year with an MRI - Dr. Schnall from Bryn Mawr.

I postponed my clean-up surgery until February 27th, and still deciding exactly what I will buy in for.

I started taking the dreadful Aromatese Inhibitor, Arimidex, 6 weeks ago that is recommended for all breast cancer patients. I forewarned all co-workers and family members, as this drug is known to make you crazy. My co-worker dropped his fork at a group lunch when I said that statement! What does that tell you! 

My mood seemed okay, but I've been so tired lately and thinking this pill is the culprit. AT least I hope so. With doctor's approval, I stopped this drug for now to see if I feel better.

Going to get this checked out as soon as possible. My hemoglobin took a real hit after surgery plummeting from 13.5 to 8 after surgery.  It crawled back up to 10 by the summer, but maybe it plummeted again.  The vein in my left arm disappeared after chemo, and they don't like to take blood out of the right arm due to the surgery.

I was blessed to be honored at work during our Divali Celebration:

As this year comes to a close, I am hoping that 2020 is a bit more relaxed than this year.

Thank you for reading my blog updates in 2019, and let's all hope for a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

Happy New Year!!! Bring it ON!


2 comments:

  1. Glad to hear you're on the mend. I'm praying for a much better year for you in 2020

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    1. thank you so much for the good wishes! Happy New Year!

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