Reflection on my journey with chemo therapy.

Katharyn Brady By Katharyn Brady, 23rd Jun 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Tonight, I was reflecting back on the beginning of my chemo journey. I realize that I developed an inner warrior in order to get through this experience. It was one where I centered and focused on each cycle. I did my best not to look forward. I tried to look at only the current cycle I was in so I didn't get overwhelmed. I am a different person today and have changed so much in just a short period of time.

Waiting to exhale.

In February of 2014, I was a blank piece of paper which was about to be written upon by my journey with chemo therapy. I was about to have many experiences, some of them very intense knowing I was facing a life threatening disease and it was unknown at that time what the outcome would be.

As I approach my 6th and final chemo cycle next week, I feel that I get to hang up my inner warrior for awhile. It was very emotional for me as I reflected on the courage and bravery I channeled over these past months. It's as though I've been holding my breath and I get to exhale and know that I'm almost done with this chapter.

I share this with you as I know I'm not unique. All of us Phyllodes Tumor Sisters channel courage and bravery to face the journeys that have been placed before us.

Journal Entry February 2014:

This is the week that my focus is to prepare for my first session of chemo therapy.

As you know, life doesn't always follow our script.

On Sunday morning, I discovered a new lump in my left breast. It's the exact size of the first lump I found last April of 2013. This makes 4 lumps in total.

I had a number of thoughts go through my mind all at one time:

- Oh no, another lump.

- I'm so glad I didn't do breast augmentation. I didn't want to have more surgery than is necessary.

- Chemo therapy was no longer sounding so scary. Repeated cancerous tumors seem far more daunting than chemo.

On Monday, my friend Mark Duncan provided support by going to the Salon with me to cut my hair. I already had the "Locks of Love" form and envelope completed. So, later in the day I was able to mail that off.

Today, I met with my surgeon to take off of the steri strips from the second lump that was removed in January. By the way, the scar could make for some far out stories....shark bite, knife fight...

Tomorrow, I visit my Oncologist for a final check and get an opportunity to ask any other questions. I'll have blood work, ekg and some other tests.

On Thursday, they will put in the chemo port. As of now, it's scheduled for 8 a.m. and I am expected to be at the hospital for 4 - 6 hours. Most of that is observation time to make sure there aren't any issues.

They use "sleepy medication" and local anesthesia, which works for me.

On Friday, I will check in to the hospital for the chemo. It's tentatively scheduled for 11. However, the nurse said since we live close, they will call us when we should head over. They would rather we wait at home then at the hospital. They make estimates of when they believe the hospital bed will be available.

I'm fortunate to know a number of people who have had cancer and gone through chemo. I received lots of good tips and feel as prepared as a person can be for something I've never done before.

The rest will be my personal experience that no one can have, but me.


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author avatar Katharyn Brady
I have survived cancer multiple times. It took 8 surgeries, 33 sessions of radiation and chemo therapy. My focus is on being healthy in mind, body and spirit and helping others do the same.

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author avatar lailashen
23rd Jun 2014 (#)

GOD bless you !!

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author avatar Katharyn Brady
23rd Jun 2014 (#)

Thank you Suzanne3 and may God bless you.

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author avatar writingwhiz
23rd Jun 2014 (#)

You detailed your journey very well. I have a brother that is going through cancer treatment, so your article really hit home. Good luck in the future!

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author avatar Katharyn Brady
25th Jun 2014 (#)

Hi Writingwhiz - I understand first hand how cancer impacts the whole family. I offer my prayers of healing for your brother and peace to you and your family as he is on his journey.

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author avatar Mariah
25th Jun 2014 (#)

Well done on coming through what you have and for sharing your experiences with us here
Katharyn..May God bless you and keep you well xx

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author avatar Katharyn Brady
25th Jun 2014 (#)

Thank you Mariah for the blessing. It really does make a difference.

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author avatar Shamarie
14th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks for sharing your experience with the world. I lost my grandmother to cancer back in 1999. I pray for you, your brother, and the rest of your family. God bless!

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author avatar Katharyn Brady
17th Jul 2014 (#)

Thank you, Shamarie.

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