Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Top 10 Benefits of Going Through Chemo [HUMOR]

Artwork courtesy of ChemoNinjaStore

So often when someone talks about adversity you hear people say things like, “Everything happens for a reason” or “You’ll come out much stronger after going through this.”

My initial response is wanting to punch those people, but then I got to thinking - what ARE the positives of doing 16 rounds of chemotherapy for breast cancer, aside from the obvious “maybe I won’t die”?



So here it is - my Top 10 Benefits of Going Through Chemo:

10) The mosquitos that bite me will never know what hit them. Suck on that!

9) The port they’ve sewn into me for injections and blood withdrawals makes me feel like a funky robot.

8) I haven’t had to shave my arms and legs for months.

7) I’m getting dozens of wishes per day as my eyelashes fall out.

6) I've gotten over my phobia of needles - now it's just a low grade anxiety instead of panic attacks. (yay?)

5) I have a brand new internal furnace that eliminates the need for sweaters and scarves in the fall. (Chemo causes early menopause! Who knew?)

4) No eyebrows & no eyelashes = chic alien look.

3) The doctors tell me that I can eat whatever the f*ck I want - dieting can resume once treatment is done.

2) I got a free foot massage in the hospital every week

and...

1) I feel invincible knowing that there’s poison coursing through my veins and I’m still able to walk. The human body can be incredible!


I'm thrilled to announce that I completed chemotherapy January 5, 2016. Today is my first Tuesday that I haven’t been on a chemo schedule since August 2015. I feel immensely grateful that I was so well taken care of, and there was some sort of calm knowing that each week I was taking a positive step forward to fight the disease.

Luckily, I’m not done. The next chapter involves 33 rounds of radiation, 5 days a week for 7 weeks. I have my consultation with the radiation oncologist on Thursday to find our exactly what my treatment will entail. While I’m not looking forward to the daily appointments, inevitable radiation burns, and fatigue that comes with the treatment, I’m glad that there’s one more intense therapy that can improve my chances of going into full remission. What I’m most scared of is the day in mid-March when the treatment is all done and all I’ll have left is to sit & wait for the 5 year “all clear” announcement.

Meanwhile, David Bowie just died of cancer and I’m reminded of just how precious life is...

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Many of you have asked how you can help. I’ve created a wish list of things that would really make a difference as I go through chemo and radiation treatments. Click here.

To read my medical updates, including how I’ve been doing with chemo treatments, click here.

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Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has toured nationally with plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. For more information, please visit http://www.erincronican.com.

4 comments:

  1. Erin, so glad that your chemo is over! You continue to be a source of strength and inspiration, and I will continue to support you as you go through the radiation.

    -- Harvey (H-Bomb)

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  2. Erin, your positive attitude is such an inspiration! You are so brave. I'm a fan, of both your theater and your articles. Wishing you all the best with your upcoming treatments. Thoughts and prayers coming your way!

    Martha

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  3. Erin, I saw where the I Love Chemo Ninja Shirt appeared on your blog. I would love to be able to send you a shirt of your choice from the Chemo Ninja Store. Please let me know which you would like and let me know. www.zazzle.com/chemoninjastore you can contact me at bogle1388@gmail.com

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