Hi there! I’m back and here’s what I’ve been up to

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Hi there! I’m back and here’s what I’ve been up to

                                        



So I know I have not posted in quite some time. So Here are things in the past few months in a nut she’ll.

I returned back to work to in May to my normal routine. It was extremely hard because of the chemo brain trying to remember everything which I’m sure others can relate to. Unfortunately in October I thought I had a really bad stomach virus and went to the emergency room I was misdiagnosed with a neoplasm in my liver and was completely freaked out that the cancer had metastasized. The next day I went to my oncologist and by the time I got there I was in liver failure and returned back to the emergency room and low and behold I had gallstones and pancreatitis! Seriously you can’t make this crap up!! The pancreatitis was so bad I was admitted to the hospital for seven days and ended up having my gallbladder removed. So that was a lot of fun because it was my son’s first homecoming and unfortunately I had to miss that milestone. Btw being admitted that long is enough to make you nuts! I was lucky enough for three days to have the room to myself. Plus I had a fan and febreeze with me to make it more tolerable. You know me I’m always looking for a way to make to crappy stuff a little more easy to deal with.





Then next, I had my six-month infusion. That was a treat as always, however it was made worse by my new diagnosis of Lupis. Yes, another wonderful aliment that I have been blessed with. Thanks to my surgical oncologist who recommended me going to a rheumatologist because of my PTSD ,anxiety ,skin disorders and allergies she  pinpointed that it might be something other then a coincidence I had all these issues. So after going through all the testing with the rheumatologist I was also diagnosed with Epstein- Barr . I’m glad I have these diagnosis is now because I am absolutely exhausted all the time and I couldn’t figure out why.( so to everyone who thought I was lazy, haha your wrong).

And last but not least looking towards the future I’m starting to begin planning my next reconstruction surgery. It’s been a year since I’ve had my implants put in and I truly feel like it’s time to close the door in this chapter. I’m starting to feel somewhat incomplete by the way I look. I’m just worried about the anesthesia and going through the pain of not being able to be mobile for a few weeks. Not that I’m not saying having my breasts perfect makes me a complete person, but I’m just reminded every single time I look in the mirror of what I’ve been through the past four years of my life. Truthfully I’m just really over cancer. And plus I finally get to get my tattoos of the cherry and strawberry for my nipples! LOL

The other thing that I’ve been up to is I open my own Etsy store to help with my anxiety. I usually do my crafting late at night when I can’t sleep ,I find it extremely calming. Personally when I was going through my chemo treatment or anytime now that I am really anxious, my husband takes me for a ride down by the beach. So I figured why not start a little Etsy store with my crafts that I do with sea glass, shells,  jewelry and wreaths. Plus who can’t use a little extra money for the medical bills! If you would like to check out my store here is the link, I hope you enjoy it. I called it ShoreSerenity.

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If the link does not work go to Etsy and put in ShoreSerenity to vist my store!

I hope you enjoy!





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About chemobrainandmore

My name is Heather and I am now 39 yrs old living at the Jersey shore. I was diagnosed Jan 2011 with stage II A breast cancer right after my 36th birthday. Sadly I was married for just a year at the time.I had four rounds of chemo 33 round of radiation a lumpectonly and MANY ,MANY biopsies. As if that was not enough I ended up having a total hysterectomy summer of 2012. And then this past July 2013 I under went a bilateral mastectomy and I am still under going reconstruction. I am a mom, a wife and a survivor! I have had more ups and downs then I have fingers and toes! But through it all I have had a smile on my face and try to laugh my way through it all. I have done two Strides Walk for breast cancer and I am extremely proud of how much I have raised ( I made pacesetter status!) I enjoy laughing and making people laugh, and if my blog can shed some light on cancer and make one person laugh at ,or with me ,then the fight has been worth it. Thank you for reading about my life and taking a ride with me on this journey. Feel free to reach out to me, I love being able to pay it forward and help others!

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    • Hi there, thanks so much for checking up on me! Yes I’m still trying to keep as positive as I can there’s no other way to go right? I just started etsy store about three weeks ago so fingers crossed I’ll have my own little business really going in the next few months! Glad to hear from you, hope all is well with you!

      • I am doing ok. I got through the surgery and reconstruction. I didn’t need chemo or radiation, and I am very thankful for that. Now I am wrestling with which “estrogen blocker” to take. I tried 2 already. The side effects were not worth it. I just got number 3 today from the pharmacy. I am trying to find “natural” remedies… Hang in there!

      • Glad surgery went well!!! The estrogen suppressants are horrid. The bone pain I had lasted two weeks but finally went away. I was on Tamoxifen before my hysterectomy, now I’m on Femera. Both caused the same horrible bone pain and hot flashes. I’m sorry you have to deal with it. Try to look at it as everyone is closer to your 5year mark when you can stop.

      • Ugh. I am supposed to start the tamoxifen but I can’t bring myself to do it yet. I was on Anastozole and I had the bone pain, hot flashes etc.

  1. You almost couldn’t write this…. except you did. I’m sorry you’ve had such a torrid time and glad you’ve found a way to bring a little equilibrium through crafting. I hope the next steps in your journey will be much more straightforward than the last few months.

    • Thank you. My life is ALWAYS a roller coaster! I joke that without all this I would live a boring life lol.

      The etsy store does help a lot. My anxiety is still bad and the PTSD lingers(I don’t think that ever goes away). But at least some good comes of the crafting, keeping my mind busy and some money to help with medical bills!! Staying positive no matter what!

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