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    You can read my journey at: http://frommyroad.blogspot.com starting with posts from September 2009 through September 2010.

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    Side Effects (Dry eye): Probably the most insistent side effect of chemo was dry eye. From very early on, my eyes watered what seemed like continually. I would be in a meeting at work, and tears would be rolling down my cheeks. Bright light, wind, and dry air exacerbated the problem. My eyes developed an infection from always dabbing at them to wipe away the tears. This, for me, was the worst side effect of chemo.

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    Side Effects (Hair loss (alopecia)): Once my rapidly thinning hair was buzzed off, I was OK. I think the anticipation was worse than the reality. I did get a wig to wear, but wore it once only. I decided that my baldness was other people's problem, not mine. So, I had no problem going to work, the gym, or a restaurant with my husband with no head covering.

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    Radiation (External radiation ): Radiation was a piece of cake. My appointment was always on time, and it took no more than 5-10 minutes to complete. It had no impact on my life.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Sentinel lymph node biopsy): Sentinel node biopsy went fine--and discovered that cancer had spread to all 5 nodes removed.