My Fortune Cookie: "Knowledge is Power"

27 May

That’s what my fortune cookie said today – “knowledge is power”. Not bad.

I went to a support group for women with breast cancer today. It was very helpful. I learned a lot about the different options, met women who have been through what I am going to have to go through and was even able to see the results of two different types of breast reconstruction. There is so much to know. But, I am getting through it and I do kind of believe in my fortune cookie . . . I just wish the lotto numbers on the back would work.

I am tired, but I am not getting much sleep. Today I called my doctor to ask about that – they can always give me yet another drug to take to help with that. But, I prefer to put as little as I can into my system. It’s just one more thing my liver has to process. Still, sleep would be nice.

The reason I don’t sleep is because I get incredibly hot at night. It is so uncomfortable. I can have my air conditioning blasting cold air and yet, my skin is so hot. It is really quite annoying.

But, when I spoke with the physician’s assistant today, she said it is pretty normal. And, MJ, my guardian angel, mentor, counselor extraordinaire (she has gone through breast cancer and has been helping me through mine) told me that it is definitely part of the package (the chemo package). And, I guess it is temporary, hopefully.

Somehow knowing that it is just part of the deal makes it easier . . . of course I have tonight yet to get through and I am warming up as I write. It is such a strange sensation really. It lasts for hours and hours and just doesn’t really go away until the light of day. While I do sometimes get warm during the day, it just isn’t the same as the night time.

Well, it is nearly nine pm, so I am going to take this hot bod out for a walk and try to cool off.

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