Friday afternoon and I am sitting at Heathrow waiting for my driver. I’m just back from a quick business trip to Zurich and despite the cold, it was really nice to just be out with colleagues pitching business to a client and being normal. As it’s 9 days since my last chemo, I am feeling really well. Side-effects were bad just after Round 8 and I had the added pleasure of red sore heals this time round (which has prompted the wearing of some great bling silver and gold trainers) but I seem to continue to be able to bounce back each time, which is great. I will admit, however, that the snow and cold weather we have had over the past week has been a challenge. Thank goodness for my Canada Goose parka and hand warmers. I wouldn’t be able to function without them!
I’ve been connecting a lot lately with my closed Facebook Group – PMP Survivors – and have realised that this really is just a blip and I am dealing with a very slow-growing, low-grade cancer that is not going to affect me in the near term. Lots of people are kicking around many years after diagnosis or surgery (15+ years) and are stable. I know that I will be in that group. I am feeling very positive and upbeat and happy with my life. My health and fitness are great, other than the side effects of the chemo (which will go away when I finish in mid-April). It’s been a wonderful experience being part of this group – everyone is so supportive of each other and there are members from all over the world. It’s a massive endorsement of the positive aspects of social media.
Next week is International Women’s Day, so weather and temperature-permitting I am going to go into work on Thursday with my chemo pump hidden away in a snazzy cross-shoulder bag. I missed it last year and I don’t want to miss it again this year. Nothing more to report this week. I’m just conscious that I haven’t written in a while and I don’t want anyone to worry. The main reason is that I’ve been really really busy, which is great. Thanks again for all of your support and warm wishes. I’m soaking them all up!
Fortified by a week of half term sun.