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Date Joined Dec 2004
Total Posts : 40
   Posted 3/13/2005 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone
Thanks for all your encouraging words.  I really appreciate you guys.  I'm doing pretty good actually.  I've been working all I'm supposed to.  That feels good.  I'm feeling better about things (Prozac helps!!)  I have my third chemo treatment on Tuesday, the 15th.  I always dread them because I'm afraid of what's going to happen this time.  Last time, I got really depressed, but I think this time will be different since I'm on Prozac now. 
It seems all I ever talk about to you guys is the cancer, which is what we're all here for, of course.  But we never talk about other things, like what's going on in everyone's life besides BC.  For me, my life has been pretty exciting lately.  I have a new boyfriend and he's been just wonderful thru all this.  We've been seeing each other about a month and a half.  I dated him seven years ago for two months and we broke up because he wasn't ready to be tied down.  But this time is different.  We're both more mature and grown up and all that.  He wants me to meet his family.  We're leaving on the 17th to go to somewhere around Houston to see his daughter.  She's around 16 and it's her spring break.  While we're there we're going to Galveston to go to the beach.  I'm so excited.  I've never been there. 
I work at Walmart and I could not ask for better treatment than I'm getting.  Everyone has been wonderful to me.  Always concerned and asking about me.  They are not counting the days I've missed and will miss and they're not going to ask for any doctor's notes.  I'm told to do whatever I want to.  If I don't feel good, just call and tell them.  They've put me answering the phones and they let me sit down while I'm doing it. 
I went to a thing that a local hospital sponsers, it's called Look Good Feel Better.  We all got free makeup and I got a wig that really looks good on me.  My normal hair color is dark brown and this wig is a redish blonde, short.  It has been amazing at the response I'm getting from everyone saying how good it looks and that's my color and so on.  I feel a lot better about myself now, I have more confidence.  Those two days that my hair was falling out was terrible.  But when I asked my son-in-law to shave my head and he did, I felt like a weight was lifted off.  I was at my boyfriend's house when it started falling out and I was terrified that it would repulse him or something, but it didn't.  It doesn't bother him at all.  I finally got up the nerve to show him my bald head.  That was a big step for me! 
I'm sorry to keep rattling on.  I'd like to know more about you guys, too, stuff other than our cancer.  I'll try to get back on here before my trip, but if not, I'll be on afterwards and let you know how it goes.  I can't wait!  Take care everyone.   Hugs and Prayers

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Date Joined Feb 2005
Total Posts : 730
   Posted 3/13/2005 2:02 PM (GMT -7)   
It sounds as though you are doing great! Not only with handling the treatments and hair loss but your personal life. Your new bf sounds like a "keeper"! Don't worry too much about any new side effects. You have prob experienced any problems that you will have. Glad to know that the antidep is helping.
I remember when my hair began to fall out. I don't even like animals that shed so when I started "shedding" it drove me nuts. I felt in "control" when I had my head shaved. I did learn that I needed to wear something on my head, esp of a night, because I would get so cold. (about the only time that I was cold) lol
You are so fortunate that WalMart is so caring and understanding. Many companies really don't care and that makes what we are facing even more difficult. Makes me glad that I spend so much time and money in "Wally World"!
Have fun on your trip but please be careful being in the sun. Sun and chemo can have some strong reactions. Be sure and keep your head covered as well as use sunblock on it. (yep, I burned mine and I will admit that it hurt like heck!)
Take care and have a great trip. Relax and do whatever feels good.


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Date Joined Jul 2003
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   Posted 3/13/2005 2:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, you do sound good!!! That's great. The boyfriend sounds like a keeper. I live near Ft Worth. Are you driving to Houston and passing through? If so let me know maybe we can take a few minutes and meet for lunch or breakfast or dinner............... Since I am retired my time is pretty much my own. I can't remember without looking back where you live. Getting old and short time memory is really short. LOL I am waiting for my grand daughter to come spend the evening and night and tomorrow. They are on spring break and her brother is going with his friends and mom and dad work tomorrow. She is nine and a little too young to stay all alone out in the country without anyone close by. We have a good time together so I am looking forward to her coming. She is good company and Grandpa is at work. Keep on feeling well and doing well. I am hoping this next chemo will be ok, too. I think my daughter had less trouble with the last ones, except for being tired. That was her biggest complaint, but she also tried to work and take care of the kids and no wonder she was tired. Hugs MK

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Date Joined Jul 2003
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   Posted 3/13/2005 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi TL:
You sound great, keep up the good work! Galveston is fun, I am originally from Houston and used to go to Galveston when I was a teenager. The sand is hard packed and you can drive right up to the beach and sit at your car.

For me too, I had my head shaved, right before the hair started to fall out. That way I was in total control and made the decision when to lose my hair. It was one of the most traumatic days in my life, but within 24 hours, I too felt like a weight was lifted. Then the rest was smooth sailing.

And I must correct you, however. We do talk lots about other things in our lives, and sometimes it is so irrelevant, we call it clutter. It goes in waves though, so you may not have seen any lately. Besides, this IS a BC support board, so it is the prevalent theme. But many of us have been posting together for over 5 years and have met several times, so we know lots of personal things about each other. Thanks for sharing about your new BF, I am sure that makes this whole journey different in a positive way, and it will really show that he is interested in you for you.

Take care-

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Date Joined Jul 2003
Total Posts : 2044
   Posted 3/13/2005 6:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Tamaralynn, good for you!!! So glad your life is going well, and congrats on the bf. He really sounds like a special guy. Have a great time on the trip. Hope you enjoy the sun, sand and warm weather. And, I am glad the Look Good Feel Better program was helpful to you. It is the little things like looking better that help you get through this experience. And, feel free to bring your "clutter" to the board any time. Lori is right, those of us who have been together for a long time, chat about all kinds of things besides breast cancer. Hugs, Lauri
"Go confidently into the direction of your dreams. Live the life you always imagined" Thoreau
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

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