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    Paprika posted an update

    I am a watercolorist and have found painting to be a wonderful way to explore my feelings about this journey, or just escape the world of cancer for awhile and re-join my olde life! I have taught some fellow cancer warriors who were total beginners (hey-why not two new experiences?) and found this to be a positive, joyful and fun experience for all of us! Do something new! Do something you love doing! Reduces stress, uplifts your soul, excites your white blood cells!

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    I am starting radiation soon and was heart-broken to hear that swimming is not recommended. Hey, swimming got me through 6 months of chemo! Docs said that the chorine is too drying on the tender skin, but I swim in a salt-water pool, which is not drying. It is a public pool, so can't be 100% sure of not picking up an infection. But I am wondering if anyone else had 6 weeks of radiation and continued to swim in a salt-water pool and had any problems. Comments?

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    Paprika posted an update

    I have a choice coming up and would like your feedback. Next chemo is taxol either weekly for 12 weeks or bi-weekly for 4 weeks. Any thoughts, experiences? Insights? Why choose the longer 12 weeks? Will my head explode.

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      DaveWaz

      Hey Paprika,

      Sounds like a big decision. I'm going to suggest that you also post this in the Questions section, I think you'll get more feedback that way. You can do this by clicking on the "Ask Network" link on your logged in home page or the "Questions" link at the top of this page. When you post needs/questions using our question feature, we route your question to everyone in the network who might be able to help.

      about 7 years ago
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    Paprika posted an update

    I discovered a positive aspect about this whole life process! When I started to lose my hair due to chemo, I chose when to cut my hair off (there goes a long braid!) and then I chose when to get my hair shaved. Everything else about this process is so in the control of the healthcare system (and thank goodness for them!), but it makes you feel a little powerless! Choosing when to do these two things was very empowering and I felt wonderful doing them! Two good things about losing your hair: 1. Your gym bag is MUCH lighter..Humm hairbrush, don't ned that! Shampoo, don't need that!!! 2. you get to shop for adorable little hats!
    EMBRACE THE FUN!!!!! Love to you all, hugs and kisses from Seattle!

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      sofarsogood

      You forgot not having to shave your legs and underarms!

      about 7 years ago