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    Celebration (Finished treatment): Hooray, after a year of treatment it was finally over in July of 2010. I am now cancer free 2 years and pray for many more. This journey with breast cancer taught me what is important and who loves you and not to care about all the really unimportant things in life. It also brought me closer to God and my faith. I attend a Bible Study Fellowship and could not have made it without the wonderful love the women in my study gave me. Their prayers sustained me in the hardest times. So, I pray that your journey will have a happy ending. Remember that you are not alone is this. God is with you and will be at your side always.

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    Side Effects (Allergic reaction): The biggest side effect of chemo for women is the loss of your hair. After the initial shock, you get used to it. I tried a wig but it was too hot. So I just wore scarves. For me it wasn't the loss of my hair, but my eyebrows and eyelashes. But when all is said and done, who cares? You are fighting for your life. That is why I prefer to be called a cancer warrior not a survivor. Fighting cancer is a war and I want to win it.
    I had an allergic reaction to the chemo halfway through (they switched chemos then). I suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns on my hands and feet. My oncologist (I refer to her as my cancer killer) put me on a different chemo and my side effects were minimal. My hair even began to grow back.

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    Radiation (External radiation ): Ah, radiation. After chemo this was a cakewalk. It was just inconvenient as I had to have it every day, five days a week for 30 days. It did make me tired, but nothing like chemo tired.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): Chemotheraphy - It saved my life while trying to kill me at the same time. Words cannot really describe how you feel after chemo. Tired, really tired. And achy. The shot (neulasta) makes your bones ache. I decided to write a blog about my journey and it really helped. Two years later (this year) I went back and read it. Sometimes I cried, but laughed too. I worked the entire time (waiting tables and selling real estate). I think working helped get me through it. And of course, God and my family and friends. Let your family and friends help you. Don't try and do everything yourself. Listen to your body. If it says rest, then lay down. If you are interested in my blog, it is cancersucksandothermusings.blogspot.com