The Final Countdown…

Chemo salon 2

I can’t believe that next Wednesday is the last of my chemo for now – 12 of 12 will be done.  It’s been unpleasant but surprisingly bearable.  My chemo nurses can’t believe how well I have tolerated it.  Don’t get me wrong, the symptoms are nasty and I can’t wait to get back to normal, but in the grand scheme of things, I’ve been lucky that I have been able to continue working and campaigning for the 30% Club full-time.  The last chemo coincided with the deadline for Gender Pay Gap reporting in the UK, so it was a busy week with tv and radio interviews – I even managed to do 4 on chemo day, two of which were during the chemo itself.  Teddy couldn’t believe that all of my friends were able to suddenly quiet down while I did my radio interview as I had the usual salon of amazing women.  I had wonderful homemade soup from Sam, delicious sourdough bread brought from London by Anne and fab brownies from Annie (and lots of other nice gifts and treats).  I am so fortunate to have such a wonderful support network – I am truly spoiled by my friends and family.

I visited my amazing surgeon Mr. Moran in Basingstoke this morning to discuss a redo surgery.  Happily he doesn’t think we need to do anything at this stage.  It’s likely that I will have to have the surgery again in the future, but there is no justification for it now.  I do have fluid again, but the chemo has reduced it.  My tumour markers were all back in normal range at the last scan, and I have no symptoms from the disease and no sign of tumours at this stage.  We will know more when I have my next scans in early May and see the oncologist, but based on the scans at the halfway point, the view is to scan every three months and keep an eye on things, but do nothing for now.  It seems that systemic chemo is not usually effective, but the doctors were ‘fascinated’ to see that it had had a positive impact for me.  I am happy to continue to be ‘fascinating’ as a case study for them!

So for now, I am anxiously awaiting the next Salon on Wednesday so I can anticipate getting my taste buds back, having a normal head of hair again, losing my steroid puffiness and bad taste in my mouth.  I’m also looking forward to getting rid of the sore feet so Madelaine and I can get back to our running as the weather improves, and I can’t wait to be able to drink cold drinks again and eat cold, healthy food again – smoothies, yoghurt, salads, fruit, etc.  I am really going to appreciate food and wine when I’m able to taste them again!

9 thoughts on “The Final Countdown…

  1. Brenda, I am so pleased for you that the chemo has been working and that you do not have to think about for more surgery at this time. You have done so amazingly well with working full time, your volunteer 30 Percent Club full time while taking chemo and dealing with side effects of the chemo. I am very proud of you. Just one more chemo on Wednesday and then you can look forward to better days a head. All the Very Best.
    Lots of Love
    Mummy XOXO


  2. Brenda, I’m so, so happy for you, that’s great news. Not to have surgery and to have all your markers in the right range is superb. Enjoy that glass of wine when you can manage it! With huge hugs – Lucy xx


  3. So delighted to read thAt you continue to be fascinating & have exemplified a typically inspiring way to show & share. Hope to join your running combo when you’re back st or. Xx


  4. Such great news
    I’m pleased for you
    Much eating and drinking you will have to do

    The sunshine I hear is on its way, I hope you can get out for a run one day.

    But for now at least relax sit back relax
    Rest your feet and mend your cracks
    (Oo err ..)


  5. Brenda:
    Wonderful news, Marion& I are in Nassau for ten days. Keep up the good work and look forward to seeing all of you in Hubbards this summer


  6. Lovely to hear you’re doing so well B. Thinking of you lots. I’m truly in awe of what you’re achieving, professionally and personally. Lots of love. Lx

    A message from The Joint Studio


  7. 12/12 sounds good to me. A definite case of enjoying the destination more than the journey. Will be thinking of you on Wednesday xx


  8. Brenda, I am so pleased for you! You just keep being that inspirational and fascinating woman! Love you!



  9. Brenda, so glad you are almost finished this chemo round. Thank you for allowing us to follow your journey. Your positive attitude, wonderful family and friends and special healthcare team are an inspiration. Love Christine XO


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