This is a blog I never thought I’d be writing…
However, as promised in my initial blog last week – An Announcement – outlining my stage 4 cancer diagnosis and the journey ahead, I’ll be updating you today with all the ins and outs from my first chemotherapy session.
Being completely honest, filming this video arriving at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough was nerve-wracking. With each step I took towards the hospital, I felt like turning and sprinting in the opposite direction. But walk forward towards the unknown I did, as I know that facing my fears head on is my best chance of success. This vulnerability is also a major part of the reason for me blogging and posting my story as it happens, the opposite of what I would have done even a short while ago. My mantra remains – “Openness removes fear and creates space for healing”.
It was a long and emotional day filled with a combination of treatment and long periods of observation. I have a known sensitivity to foreign bodies in my system which can cause allergic reactions leading to anaphylactic shock.
What helped me most that first session was having someone I completely trusted with me. Someone who can take your lead on talking, being quiet, distracting you, entertaining you or just being there for emotional support. I definitely went through a roller coaster of emotions during that initial session and this made a huge difference.
I will be following up with a “Week 1 post chemo” blog shortly with observations and thoughts.
Thank you for being part of my journey.
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