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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We are all there with you Adele, every step.
Thank you Richard. That means a lot. You and the guys have brought me so much joy over the years and helped me find my “why”. That’s helping me so much right now.
I am so chocked by the news.
I’ll keep you in my prayers.
Hope he will give you strengh to go one day at a time.
Lots of love
Thank you Odile. One day at a time as you say. I appreciate all your messages and words of hope.
Hi, was with Nev yesterday and he told me your news. So sad and shocked to hear this and I’ll be thinking about you.
Your blog is brilliant and I hope it takes away some of not all fear for all. Take care x
Thank you Helen. I appreciate you taking the time to message. I’m happy you’re finding my blog useful. It is helping with fear you are right.
Oh Adele I’m so sad to hear this, thinking of you! All my love , Treasa xx
Thank you Treasa. I appreciate your message. I’m glad to be in your thoughts. X
Adele so long since I have seen or heard anything of your life journey since our O2 days at Buckingham Avenue. You were always a big and positive presence so I believe you will meet this challenge with all your soul deep strength. Ann
Thank you Ann. After all these years you’re still spreading positive energy and happiness. I loved our time together in Buck Ave. Thank you for your encouraging words.
Thank you for bringing us along on your journey, Adele. I am so glad you had a dear friend, and some creature comforts, at your 1st chemo session. I bet that made a world of difference. Sending big hugs from Nashville. xx
Thank you Shannon. It made all the difference. Those big hugs are very much appreciated.
Hey Adele I’m so very sorry to hear this news. Not an easy pill to swallow I’m sure. So full of admiration for your wonderful positive attitude and open honesty – so inspiring.
You have an amazing attitude and that’s half the battle hun. You’ll be back on that step in no time! Much love Bella♥️
Thank you Bella. You’re right, having things to look forward to make a difference. Right now I’m on the rebounder or mini trampoline, but hoping i’ll See you back at a fitness weekender on that step some time soon.
Thinking of you always.
Thank you Dicko. We’ll always be connected.
Adele you are an incredible young lady,such an inspirational person. Will be following you. Sending all our love & prayers what ever it takes for you. X
Thank you Clive and Diane. After all these years too. I’m so happy you’re with me on my journey.
… I thought about few things to write, from spiritual, to humorous to encouragement… but somehow nothing feels right. I am sad and angry your body is hurting. I was about to write nothing but then I thought despite I write shit, it’s still a way to say I care.
Thank you Alex. Your words mean so much. I know it must have been tough to write such a message, however, your honesty and care shines through.
To repeat, every step …
So happy to have you by my side Tim…
You are awesome 💜🙏 love and light Jacqui xx
Thank you Jacqui. Your healing energy is just the tonic. See you very soon.
You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have , and you Adele have all the key skills for your journey ahead . Keep talking , keep socialising , and most of all keep being you and I wish you all the luck in the world to beat the beast ❤️😘
Wonderful words Michele. Thank you so much. Stepping forward with a full heart and lots of support is indeed the path I’ve chosen. Very glad you’ll be there when I need a shoulder.x
Such a huge journey you have embarked on but the little I know about you and the positivity that I see from you, I am confident you will tackle this with the same energy. And if you happen to have a moment when the energy is low, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Thank you for sharing your journey.
Who would have thought when I arrived in England from Nashville and met you that we both would be going down the same road together with our similar breast cancer diagnoses? Life is crazy and unpredictable.I have been praying for you.You are so strong and courageous. I know whatever you decide to do, you will be a wonderful example to all around you.Glad Michael told me about your blog. Took me a while to find it. I will keep checking on you. Love Terri(Tom’s wife)
Hi Terri, thank you for your message. I know right? 😄. Life works in mysterious ways. Thank you for your prayers and I’m very happy for your great health news. I’m glad you found my blog. Please keep in touch. Adele x