Ladies! Want to know the secret to getting rid of pesky leg and underarm hair?!?! Try CHEMOTHERAPY!!! It's the all new way to lose-that-leg-hair with no pain and no nuisance!!! WOWZA!!!!
Ok, well maybe a bit of pain and nuisance...if countless doctors visits, hospital stays, and disgusting side effects can be considered a nuisance. But hey!! I'll count my blessings while I've got 'em! I found a wonderful perk to this chemo stuff. I had been noticing that my underarm hair wasn't growing back the same way as it used to, so I decided to break out the chainsaw and try an experiment on my leg hair. Yes, it's been a while since I shaved my legs. It was winter! And I was in surgery! And I'm married! Who shaves their legs in winter when they're married? I needed some extra warmth in the winter months up here in Canada, eh! Anyway... I shaved my legs and VOILA! They are still smooth 3 days later. Amazing! I'm not sure what to make of this, but it's not necessarily a bad thing, right? I just hope that it doesn't mean I start losing my hair. I've been considering myself lucky because my hair has stayed on my head. The texture has changed a bit, but I also bleached it. Tee hee. I had to go platinum for fun while it was short.
Apparently during chemotherapy, if you are a woman of menstruating years, your cycle can be disrupted or it can even cause early onset menopause. I am starting to experience some early onset symptoms, which has me sighing with relief that we had some embryos frozen, but the symptoms in all honesty aren't too bad. Who wants a period anyway? That was the best part of being pregnant and breastfeeding. None of that monthly bother. Wahoo! So, like I said, this chemo stuff can have some perks....and I'll take 'em!
Now for something a little more serious....
I just found out today that my great uncle, who was doing chemotherapy at the same time as me, passed away on Tuesday. I didn't know my uncle very well, had only met him a couple times in my life, but it was somehow comforting to know that a family member was going through this at the same time as me. My Mom had told me that he had the chemo blues just like me right after his treatments. I always have a day or two, or three, after I get unhooked from my pump where I want to avoid the world and just feel sorry for myself. I turn into a grouch and hide myself away so that no one (other than Mike) has to deal with me. It was nice to know that someone understood, even if I wasn't talking to him or in touch with him. He died suddenly, as often happens when on chemo, which brings this element of reality to these drugs. I figured going into this that I am young and healthy and will tolerate it well. My uncle's passing has shaken me up a bit. It's still a very serious process and I need to remember that. Anything can happen. It's yet another reminder that life can change in a blink of the eye. My family will now be preparing to celebrate this man's life when last week it wasn't even a thought. My heart goes out to all of them and I will have them in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.