The Notes of a Cancerous Girl. November 2014.

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First chemo treatment caused terrible side effects, left me scared and mentally unprepared. However, I knew that the first step was the hardest one and hoped that it would only get better. The learning curve has never been so steep, and neither was adaptation or acceptance of the conditions and events. Later, I would know that for me, each chemo cycle breaks into several stages: 120 hours of chemo, when I am in the hospital and feel progressively tired but actually ok. immediate post-chemo days, usually it goes for 4-5 days when I feel “dead”, as I call it. Time, that I spent on a sofa, with a New Yorker or a book …

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The Notes of a Cancerous Girl. October 2014

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I started this blog in September, 2014 when I was diagnosed with the primary mediastinal diffuse large B-cell lymphoma located near my heart. Prior, I had very little knowledge of cancer, its types and treatments but when I was finally facing the cruel diagnosis, I realized that the more I knew, the better I would be prepared to deal with it. It definitely helped to search online and read other people’s posts and comments about their ordeals, but some little questions still arose – would power port installation hurt, how would chemo or post-chemo feel, do I need somebody around me after chemo or I can handle it on my own …

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