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    Celebration (American Cancer Society Relay for Life April 2012): I participated in the 2012 ACS Relay for Life in my hometown and it was a very emotional experience for me. Mark and I went and walked the survivors lap and I was all choked up and teary eyed as I walked that lap thankful to be alive and able to participate and give back. That was a my 17 months anniversary. I am at 22 months now and will have my 2 year mammogram in November 2012. I feel good, I feel normal, I feel alive and I feel so grateful to have survivied.

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    Celebration (Anniversary): I celebrated the one year anniversary of my becoming cancer free and it was a great day!

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    Side Effects (Other): Oddly enough I lost both my big toe nails after chemo. It took a long time for them to grow back in and they came back in funny shaped. It is taking them a long time to grow out to normal shape and I trim and trim them. Hard not to be able to wear sandals for two summers in a row, but as with everything else, it is all temporary! that is the thing to remember.

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      teddyfuzz

      Hi PTauntie. I lost my big toe nails too. Argh! But you are correct, it's only temporary....

      almost 5 years ago
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    Side Effects (Nausea/Vomiting): I did feel nauseous and like I was going to barf for a couple of days following my treatments. At first I felt great for the entire week inbetween the treatments. but then my side affects started and got gradually more intense as I went through all the cycles of treatment. For the first couple of days after I felt ok, but then day three and four were rough. Then I would start to feel fair again just in time to go back for another treatment. But all in all I tolerated it very well.

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    Side Effects (Hair loss (alopecia)): Yep, lost all my hair, everywhere! It was great not to have to shave my underarms or my legs! I did not have to worry about those pesky "goat hairs" on my chin and neck, and I was as clean as a newborn baby without the waxing you know where! LOL What was wierd was losing my eyelashes and my nose hairs and my eyebrows. That was odd! but witha little creative makeup, I looked passable, and I got three wigs to use interchangeably when I went out into public. At home, I was "au-natural" and I must say I was a pretty good looking bald woman! LOL As soon as it came back in I stopped wearing the wigs. It came back in super grey, and curly, and really soft. People said I looked like an over 40 model which was a very nice thing to hear!

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    Side Effects (Chemo brain): I found out what they were talking about when the said "chemo brain". I did get forgetful and I did use funny words for things. I had to crack up all the time and laugh at myself because it was pretty funny. It did not last for long afterward about 6 months or so.