Just another day in my marvellous life! I've been rushing around Asda buying pink bubbly for a VERY pink occasion - Race for Life tomorrow night, followed by dashing in to the hospital for an ultra sound appointment. Not the cutesy and very exciting ultra sound scan you have when expecting a baby. No. The other kind, that detects unwanted lumps and bumps. It's OK though! Do not worry. This time I knew exactly what they would find and what they would do about it. I had a fluid filled lump in my armpit, a by product of the breast operation I had back in February. So all the nice doctor did was locate it using the ultra sound scanner thingy and then stick a needle in it and drain it off. I was relieved to see the thing on the screen, confirmation that I wasn't imagining the lump and discomfort, and even more relieved to see it disappear in front of my very eyes! Unfortunately it will probably come back, my body just keeps producing too much fluid, trying to repair itself following the op, but its nothing to worry about.
So, on a lighter note I'm all ready for the Race tomorrow! I am equipped with bright pink wig, pink nails, pink jogging bottoms, pink feather boa, and of course pink race number, and more importantly 14 other equally pink friends and family to back me up - well, make sure I actually finish the 5k route, one way or another! Physically, I'm not at my peek of fitness, as you can imagine. But luckily the side effects from my 4th dose of chemo have subsided, and apart from a mouth as dry as Ghandi's flip flop with a chemical taste thrown in, I'm doing well and tomorrow night's little walk will not phase me. I've been really touched by the fact that 14 ladies have signed up to do the race along side me, they are all in my team and very much 'in my corner' for the battle I've been going through. Even my dear Mum has joined the team. 30 years my senior and fit and active (for her age), she'll probably walk the race faster than me! It must have been horrendous for her processing the news that I had breast cancer, a mother's worse nightmare, but she remains strong and positive for me - I hope I will be able to do the same if I ever find myself in a similar situation. Which brings me to talk about my Darling Son. During one stressful tea-time last week when all three us (me and the kids) completely lost the plot and ended up in tears, he made it known that he wasn't happy about his mum being 'a baldy'. I was giving him a big hug and asking him what was the matter with him, trying to find the root cause of the tea-time tears when he said "I don't like it when people have bald heads". My poor boy, I had taken off my head scarf as I was getting hot from cooking and hadn't given it a thought. He has seen me au naturel many times, and I really thought he was getting used to it, but obviously not. Actually, even I, when I catch my reflection in the bedroom mirror get a bit of a shock! I try to wear my wig out and about as much as possible, but I still feel very self conscious with it on and am convinced that, truthfully, it just looks ridiculous! Especially once the wind has gotten to it. On the other hand I have noticed many quizzical looks from other children in the school playground when I'm wearing my headscarf. One little boy even asked his mum why I am dressing 'like a pirate'. It's a fair question and perfectly understandable for these little ones to be a bit confused, I just hope I haven't caused too many awkward questions for the other mums. Let's face it, none of us really want our kids knowing about the big C at such a young age. My husband says I need to wear whatever is most comfortable for me, and he's right but when you are around young children a lot it's just not that simple. So, roll on 'my new hair'. Apparently your hair starts growing back straight after your last treatment. This has to be to be an exaggeration, as how can it know it's your last treatment?! So, it's bound to take another 4 weeks or so before the cells dare to start getting busy again.
Anyhow, tomorrow night I'm going to have crazy pink hair just like Stephanie from Lazy Town. And I'm going to walk the Race for Life as quickly as I can without passing out! Photos and a post to follow tomorrow night or Thursday morning, depending on what state I am in!!
Thank you again to everyone who has sponsored me and the Team. We've nearly reached our target of £3,000 which is totally amazing! This money will be spent on life changing research and support for people like me.