Well, after nearly nine months, my blog is springing into action again! Yes, I have a sort of excuse (no, not THAT reason for something taking 9 months ROFL) – but more on that below the picture. Here’s the finished “An Evening’s Waltz” which was the focus of my last post. I am thrilled with how this turned out but now I have to decide what to do with it LOL. When I started it was with the intention of turning it into a bag, but now I am concerned about the embroidery being caught on things and pulled. Ah well, I’ve been pondering it for 9 months, so I don’t suppose there is any harm in pondering for a bit more.
The reason for my absence? I haven’t been in the best of health – specifically, I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer (cancer of the uterus) last July and the last 9 months has been quite a whirlwind of treatment and recovery. I had hoped that having a total hysterectomy at the end of July would remove the tumour and fix the problem but unfortunately they found some cancer cells in a lymph node. So removing my uterus didn’t remove all the cancer and I needed further treatment.
So I had six weeks of daily radiotherapy, and also six cycles of chemotherapy, and at the same time I kept working full time. My boss was fantastic about me taking off whatever time I needed, but I wanted to keep my life as “normal” and routine as I could. I was told I that I would experience fatigue from both the radiotherapy and chemo, but I had no idea it would be as bad as it was. I had no energy for anything else, not even stitching. I was in bed by 7pm most nights, but fatigue is really a severe lack of energy rather than tiredness so sleep didn’t totally overcome it. Anyway, it meant I went for many months without doing any stitching.
But now I am stitching again. My energy is coming back. I have had the first of my follow-up appointments and there is no sign of any recurrence of cancer. I am not bald anymore – my hair is starting to grow back. My life is looking great!! Did I mention I am stitching again? I have been working on one of Debbee’s Design’s patterns and I will show some work-in-progress pictures soon.
Why am I telling you this?…
I have been humming and hawing over whether to mention my cancer in my blog – I am not one for trying to garner sympathy etc – I prefer to just get on with things. But since my diagnosis I feel I almost have a duty to encourage people to go see their doctor if they have any weird or unusual symptoms. I am so pleased that I went to my doctor as soon as I noticed something different, and didn’t procrastinate or wait to see what happened etc. The longer you wait, the harder it is to ‘fix” some things.
If you notice anything unusual going on with your body, PLEASE go to the doctor straight away. There must be no worse feeling than later on thinking “If only I had gone to the doctor sooner”.