Nothing really prepares you for the diagnosis of cancer. After a double mastectomy and hysterectomy I underwent five weeks of daily chemo and radiation, loosing15 pounds and all my energy. I remained sore for months and it was difficult to get around. Luckily I had my two dogs that kept me going, wanting daily walks and huddling around me to rest for hours, sensing that I was sick and needed their support. The metallic taste from chemo lingered in my mouth, ruining any attempts to gain weight. I developed lymphedema due to removal of my lymph nodes and I now have to do everything in my power to remove toxins from my body and build up my immune system, which all comes at a cost: organic foods, high quality vitamins, filtered water, compression garments, medical screenings every three months, etc. I was on disability for a short time, which helped while I was undergoing treatment but that has ended and my savings will soon run out. I am taking some college classes to update my skills and looking for work but I am told that I should be focusing on my health instead of worrying about finding a job right now.
Being diagnosed with a life threatening illness makes you painfully aware that most people you meet are dealing with some sort of struggle, no one more important than the other, and the only way we can survive is to help one another. ChemoWize helped me by providing a series of 10 detoxing footbaths which helped removed the chemotherapy and other toxins from my body, as well as acupuncture treatments and lymphatic massage.
ChemoWize also provided me with a variety of wigs when my hair fell out and gave me a juicer. It is both physically and emotionally exhausting to realize that your chronic health condition is your reality but you know with family and friends around you it is possible to get through anything.
Thank you ChemoWize for helping me make it this far. I see a light at the end of the tunnel when I see Alex so strong and fit now!
I will get there too!