On a day like this four years ago I started this blog, aptly titled hair growth after chemo. The aim was to document how hair grows after going bald from the side effects of chemotherapy. It was also a way for me to deal with the obsession that growing THE hair became once my treatment finished. So lets have a look at the pertinent before and after photos.
1 WEEK after chemo my hair looked like this:
4 YEARS after chemo my hair looks like this:
Not bad I would say!
Thinking about this post today has made me reflect on what has happened in the last 4 years since I finished treatment and tried to regain some control over my life. So I thought I would do a kind of “the last 4 years in numbers and pictures” type post.
In the past 4 years I have…
Moved cities once: from London to my home town, Barcelona.
Fallen in love once (maybe twice if we count aby ;-) )
Moved houses three times
Been on train rides
Adopted a muuuuch healthier lifestyle
Done my third 10k run (half marathon next?)
Been to a music festival with lovely friends
Rescued two cats
Been busy writing 100,000 words for my PhD (nearly there!)
Had lots of fun with these two!
Been to the beach with my girlfriends countless amounts of times
My little brother and I have gone from looking like this…
And I have had many medical tests, all with good results (fingers crossed)
And then there are those things that cannot be counted, the amount of times I have laughed, felt happy and on top of the world. And the times I have felt down, anxious and scared. Because the thing with life after cancer, as these photos show, is that you can enjoy it again. However, there is a dark side too, at least for me. The dark side is those times when I get scared that now I’m cancer free, it will come back to snatch it all. And the dark side is most felt when I hear of another life taken away by this illness: from loved ones, to people who have passed through my life, to those who I have only met virtually and those who I have actually never met. This post is dedicated to them. And to all of us who are still here, let’s (try) enjoy life while it is still in our hands.