Thursday, January 13, 2011

And Back to Work I *WILL* Go!

I'm exceedingly happy to report that I'll officially be returning to work on 31 January! :)  Yes, this makes me very happy, considering I've still got stage IV Esophageal Cancer.  But if the Herceptin treatments can keep this stuff from running rampant all over my body, then baby, I am ready to get back to a 'normal' life!

Not to say three months off work wasn't necessary.  At my visit to the Radiation Oncologist today, she iterated that I had one of the worst regimens of chemo and radiation around.  And as my dear friends Jon and Michelle can vouch, I wasn't doing all that well during the chemo.  Some days it really was difficult to get out of bed and acknowledge that the world was still there.  :/

Now, we have to watch out for Radiation Pneumonitis which Dr. Tsai says can occur about four to six months after the cessation of the radiation.  And thus, I continue to take my temperature every evening. 

But oh my gosh, I am so very happy today.  I can't wait to see my co-workers, customers and friends; my Boeing family.  I wish I could say that I'll see you with a head full of my normal curly hair, but... meh.  I don't know why suddenly the lack of hair is bothering me.  I know it's better to not have hair and live, than to be a hairy corpse.  And it's not like I have NO hair at all... I have it, just not much of it.  It used to fill in all the places on my head; now, there are gaps... in some cases, big gaps.  Again, it looks like I have mange.  I toy with the idea of getting a wig, but I rather think those things are more of a pain than a pleasure. 

Maybe I'll just wear hats.  I'll start a fashion trend.  Big hats, small hats, skull caps, fishing caps, cowboy hats, berets... hmmm, that could be fun. :)

Well, hugs to everyone that reads this; things are looking up, and life is good.

2 comments:

  1. I am so glad for you. It will be good to get back to normal, whatever that is eh ;D

    As for the hair, who cares. It is you they will be anxious to see. I bet they cannot wait to see you again.
    Have a good weekend, stay safe and warm
    Fay in the family room

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  2. Hats, glamorous scarves, turbans, do-rags - the possibilities are endless!

    And hooray for going back to work!!

    Beth

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