Yesterday, as I was editing my blog on my 2011 Bucket List, I was looking at the photos I have on file of when I had cancer. I haven’t got many scanned in, just a few, but in the next few weeks I think I might dig some more out.
I thought perhaps you might like to see some of them.
This is me having my second chemotherapy, I think my first week back from Sydney. This day, I lost it about half an our before this pic was taken. I was in such a hysterical state, Vanessa, my chemo nurse, told me a few years later “You know, when you first came in, I thought you were going to be one of the ones who didn’t make it.” I wasn’t strong, I wasn’t brave and I wasn’t ‘battling cancer’. I was scared shitless and had no idea what was going to happen to me. This photo reminds me that no matter what someone with cancer looks like on the outside, it’s got nothing to do with whats’ happening inside.
We were sitting there watching TV when I put my hand to my head and out came a huge clump of my hair. The kids and I and Ben just sat there looking at each other. To try and lighten the situation, I pulled it out in handfuls and we made moustaches out of it. I have another photo not scanned in with all of us with a moustache like this one.
After about 30 minutes of this hilarious fun, and it was, Ben and I slipped out to the garage and he shaved the rest off.
I look well, don’t I!
What a fetching hat. I was pretty much done with chemo at this stage I think and about to go away for radiotherapy.
This is me and some of the friends who made me the quilt you see in front of me. This quilt is my most treasured material possession and still hangs on my wall today. If the house catches fire, this baby comes out with the kids, the dog and my laptop. Husband fends for himself.
This quilt was puked on, cried into, wrapped around me as I slept alone in the hostel while I was away for two months in Sydney having radiotherapy, as well as pawed at and paraded to all and sundry everywhere I went.
This quilt is love with mitred corners.
I have others, but they’re packed away. I’ll try and get them out in the months to come, especially as the book progresses toward being finished.
Thanks for looking :0)