Monday, January 15, 2018

I'M BACK!


Bonjour mes amis

I'm hoping that all of you are well, 
happy and enjoying life! 




I am doing quite well after an 
unexpected journey of 
breast cancer. 
It's not a journey anyone ever wants
 but oh my do you learn a lot! You 
learn about cancer, the surgeries 
involved, the treatments involved, 
the side effects from the treatments, 
the incredible doctors (I had 3 doctors 
that were amazing), the kindness and 
compassion of your friends & family, 
and about yourself! 



You're stronger than you think! 
 For me it came from 
my faith in God. He helped me get 
though every step of the journey. 





As of February 3rd I'll be 
1 YEAR 
CANCER FREE!! 

Thank you God!! 
And thank you to my surgeon, 
my oncologist & my radiologist. 
A fabulous team! 
I nickamed them 
Dr Hallelujah
Dr Starwars 

Dr Eradicate

If you've found yourself in this situation 
and live in central Ohio let me know. 
I can give you their real names & 
contact info. 

I also learned about being bald! It's 
a really weird experience! You don't 
know how your hair defines you until 
you don't have any. When it was 
coming out in fistfuls I took the 
bull by the horns and combed through 
it resulting in what looked like a 
small furry animal! Followed by 
getting out the hair clippers and 
shaving down the strange tufts of 
hair I had left. It was a powerful 
feeling! 


(October 2017 starting to grow back)

On the subject of "hair", 
I also learned that when your hair 
is suddenly falling out it hurts. 
AND when it grows back in it 
hurts. Go figure!! No one tells you 
that kind of stuff!

I suddenly went in search of hats. 
Hats that looked decent on me.
My favorite hat was...



BAD HAIR DAY

(April 2017)

It's a process, believe me.

Then I turned to wigs. 
I had two which I named "Gigi" 
and the other one "Fifi".

 Gigi is short and sassy.




Fifi is short on one side & longer on the other.
It has a tre chic quality, hence the name. 


(Moi & my darling hubby, my rock!)

 My wigs have been a big part of the journey.
They gave me some identity! 
A huge gigantic tip: 
If you buy a wig take it to your 
hairdresser and have them style it 
on your head. It suddenly has the 
perfect shape and definition that 
ALL wigs need.

Now my hair is growing back. 
BUT I don't think it's mine!! 
It has wave & grey and I'm sure 
God gave me someone else's hair!! 
It's as much of a challenge as being bald.
YIKES! 



I have so much to share about the 
journey but I have to take it in baby 
steps. You see I have "chemo" brain 
and have to unlock files in my brain 
to say what I want to get across. 
Oh yes CHEMO BRAIN IS REAL! 
( It's also a great excuse for being 
forgetful. Don't tell my hubby!)
More on that later!  



All this to ask you
HAVE YOU HAD YOUR 
MAMMOGRAM THIS YEAR?? 
IT SAVED MY LIFE!!!
Honestly, my breast cancer was found 
in stage 1 because of my annual 
mammogram. 

If sharing my journey saves ONE person 
by having a mammogram it's worth it! 
Are you that one person??
Don't be afraid of a mammogram. 
Take the time to actually schedule one. 
YOU ARE WORTH IT! 
IT CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE TOO!! 

Blessings always, 
Edie Marie

4 comments:

  1. Welcome back. I had no idea you were going through all of that. Cancer is such a deadly disease. I am relieved you found your cancer in it’s early stage. Chemo is no fun, but necessary. I have been there many times with the cancer, so I know all about the hardships. Losing your hair is quite a shock. Bless you. Congrats on being cancer free 1 year. Xo

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    1. Thank you Linda! We are sisters in this "journey". Survivors to help and encourage others. Bless you dear Linda!

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  2. Thank you for visiting my blog wonders of whimsy and commenting. I am thrilled you are cancer free. What a tough journey you have been thru. I am glad my little hobby blog about my art can resonate with people.

    The wigs are pretty. When my mom went thru chemo, her hair grew back thicker! So, at least there was something good that came from it! ha

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    1. It was so wonderful of you to stop by! So many women have to go through this battle, lots of them in much much worse shape than me I was. It's all in the perspective a person has! Blessings!!

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