The Good Life (nearly 3 years after chemo)

12 Dec

So three years ago, this is what I was blogging about: wigs,coping with losing my hair to chemo, celebrating that I just had my fifht round of treatment, my frustration at not being able to do chemo on time and my stay at the hospital due to being neutropenic. You can read it all here.

Three years on and my life (and hair after chemo!) looks quite different that it did then. For one I have moved back home to Barcelona, best decision ever. I have met a wonderful man and a great dog, who are now my family and who make me oh! so very happy. I have an exciting job. I am finishing my PhD. And I am hoping to have children in the future. In short: I like my life.

So while this is great and lovely, it is also terrifying. It appears sometimes that the happier I am the more fearful I become of my cancer coming back. For those who have had cancer, you know how much of a life changing experience it is. Emotionally it wrestles you to the ground, it makes you re-asses your values your priorities and it can often push you to the limit. It brings home how fragile life really is. It confronts you with death. From a practical point of view, don´t even get me started: hospital appointment after hospital appointment after…well you get the point.Your day to day life and routine may also significantly change, being absent from work, not being able to go to the gym or losing (some) of your social life. And the thing i that I love my life and I hate the idea that cancer may come back and take this away from me. Please cancer, stay away.

And this is what I have been up to since my last post in June and what my hair after chemo looks like, nearly 3 years on from treatment. This is why I am happy.

Raoul and I did the anual 10k run in our neighbourhood

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My little brother (yes brother, not nephew) is growing up so fast. He is simply gorgeous.

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I did the women´s race in Barcelona, along with my friend Vicky who makes the cutest plushies and many other things over at Anda Panda. Big fan of her work.

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One of my best mates came to visit over from London. Friends are the best. Particularly Fausto.

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Aby loves being on my lap. And I love her being on my lap. What you call a win-win situation.

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And last but not least, the man and dog who help me through my darkest moments. Meet the family.

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15 Responses to “The Good Life (nearly 3 years after chemo)”

  1. Aum Nicol December 13, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    It is so good to see how vibrant you are and I can’t believe you are running! I have just finished chemo and into radiation next week. The fatigue that is plaguing me prevents me from seeing another side. It is good to have seen your hair sequence to now. I appreciate this update, it gives me hope there is an opening at the end of the tunnel. All the best, Aum

    • rosaslump January 13, 2014 at 10:07 pm #

      Hi Aum! of course there is light at the end of the tunnel! hope yours is shinning bright xx

  2. laurapricey December 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    Hi! I just stumbled on your blog when I clicked on the ‘Chemotherapy’ tag. I am basically you, three years ago – just finished chemo, about to have radiotherapy, hair growing back. It is truly wonderful to read this blog and see pictures of you looking so healthy and happy and enjoying life after cancer. And running 10ks and enjoying your dog! I truly hope to be in your position in three years’ time. Best wishes to you and much health, Laura

    • rosaslump January 13, 2014 at 10:05 pm #

      hi Laura! loved your last post (7 january), very encouraging…I am thinking of what path to take once I finnish my phd. Had always wanted to go into journalism and ended up in sociology…will see! anyhow. did you know I lived in leeds for over 6 years? there is a bit of yorkshire in me 🙂 xx

  3. Ciel December 13, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    So happy to read another update! Very encouraging to read where you are now. I am still in the middle of chemo and wigs so this gives me hope! I can not wait for my hair to grow back and just.. give this all a place. It sounds like you’re doing great! Your hair looks lovely!

  4. Julie Paz January 13, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    While reading your post, I was trying to figure out what type of cancer you had, until I saw the next post. I just overcame cervical cancer and (finally) had my last chemo and while reading your post, I feel happy to hear that thoughts which come with defeating cancer are similair. I really wish you well and not in a cliche way; lots of health and loge in this and you many future years! Xoxo

    • rosaslump January 13, 2014 at 10:00 pm #

      thanks Julie! wish you the same xxxxx

  5. Loretta Brower March 29, 2013 at 10:14 pm #

    I was going over the internet to find info on hair growth after chemo (I am 21 weeks out) and I came across your blog. Thank you I loved every bit of it, please up date! I understand the fear and seeing you go on gives all of us hope:) thank you!

    • rosaslump January 13, 2014 at 9:29 pm #

      Hi Loretta! i think hope is our best friend! x

  6. Rebecca April 6, 2013 at 11:46 pm #

    Hi, thank you for sharing your hair growth with us. I am 10 months past chemo and I continually come back to your blog to check in and see how I compare to your growth. It is nice to see what the future is to come with my hair.

    I appreciate your courage to share your experience.

    Rebecca

    • rosaslump January 13, 2014 at 9:27 pm #

      hello rebecca! sorry for the late reply. Hope the hair growth is going well xxxx

  7. Lisa April 10, 2013 at 12:17 am #

    You look incredible –
    I am fighting stage IIIb metastasized breast cancer (32 years old), and am so encouraged by your blog.
    thanks so much for sharing.
    xx Lisa

    • rosaslump January 13, 2014 at 9:25 pm #

      Hi Lisa! I hope the fight continues to go well and you’re keeping your chin up! xx

  8. Kelly Gao August 8, 2015 at 1:52 am #

    Hi Rosa,
    I am 35 from Northern California. Just finished chemo last week. I had stage 1c Ovarian Cancer . I have to tell your the first photo that came up when I googled chemo & hair loss. I remember thinking wow, this girl still looks beautiful with no hair:) I am right where you were at in your one week photo. I can’t wait to have all this behind me.. You are an inspiration!!
    Kelly xoxo

    • rosaslump March 6, 2016 at 11:02 pm #

      Hi Kelly! sorry for the very very very late reply! I am so busy nowadays…thanks for your lovely comment and I hope you are well. xx

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