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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Update from a Cancer Survivor...

So this is what life is like after cancer...I'm loving every minute of my new health!

So I went to the neurologist last week to get some medicine for my migraines, and let me tell you...my medical history is now more twisted that Bethenny's last therapy session...seriously, the nurse had to check back twice to see if I had finished... good news - got drugs, interesting news - I was introduced to the cancer patient life - TEST EVERYTHING!!!  since my post-cancer migraines are completely different than the migraines I had for the previous 15 years, I'm having an MRI to make sure lymphoma hasn't spread to my brain...

I kind of felt like I cheated on my oncologist, so I fessed up.  He did relieve that nagging anxiety about BRAIN cancer - telling me that when lymphoma spreads to the brain, the patient generally has major trouble - like speech impairment, or motor skill impairment, so I feel better - but still - I love the TEST EVERYTHING approach - safe and sound makes for a better night sleep!

another post-cancer development - HAIR!!!  I have NEVER been so thankful to break out the razor and shave my legs!  I also have a little growth on my head, and my sweet child Morgan has decided that I have a "mohawk"!  I admit, it's a little spiky on the top and still flat on the sides, so she's not that far off - it just made me laugh when she said it!

Now picture this - my mom's friend Ali bought me the Nioxin hair products that help with hair re-growth.  So there is this scalp stimulator and it says to spray on and leave on - it cautions that it could turn your scalp red and tingly...so I try it...while still in the shower, I sprayed it on my scalp...then I got out of the shower, did some laundry, loaded the dishwasher, chose my clothes for the day, and then noticed a warm, tingly sensation on my neck and back...hmmmm...

So I go to the bathroom mirror to find that the "stimulator" has dripped down my back, chest and into my armpits...and wherever it dripped it was BRIGHT RED and BURNING - so if you notice gorilla like hair growth on my back, chest or armpits - please try not to stare!  go figure - it didn't make my scalp red OR tingly!!

On another note - FINALLY i am at the height of fashion - see, I recently read in a fashion magazine that runway models this season are bleaching their eyebrows to make them less noticeable - SCORE!!!!  My eyebrows are sparse at best - see - height of fashion!!  Now I just need to head to Sephora to fix the eyelash problem - ie - lack of them...but i did see how to apply them on "What Not To Wear" - The Learning Channel at its best!

Lastly, my sweet husband through me a surprise "You Beat Cancer" dinner...I LOVE THAT MAN!!!!


and he had a Louisville Slugger made that said "Heather Bellanger   2011   I BEAT CANCER"


Have I mentioned how much I love my Ironman???

Loving every minute of my new life - I still get slowed down by back pain and the migraines, but my oncologist reminded me that I just endured 18 weeks of chemo - i need to take it slowly....slowly???  has he met me?!?

9 comments:

Sarah Martina said...

Heather, you are AMAZING! Praise the Lord for such an awesome & INSPIRING success story! :) I'm so, so happy for you & your family! Love the bat, too! ;)

Ali said...

Heather, you always make me smile. And I have to say that despite never having met him, I think Ironman is just about the coolest guy I know.

I know it wasn't funny, but your story about the hair product made me laugh. I just kept picturing that Looney Tunes episode (Rabbit of Seville) where Bugs puts that tonic on Elmer Fudd's head and he grows flowers.

Keep us posted on your updates. You are an inspiration to us all!

Peggy Houston, TX said...

Thanks for the update, your fans appreciate it! I wish you lived closer...

Sally @ Dont Wake the Kids said...

I'm so happy for you and your family! Tears of joy running down my face! You are truly an inspiration! XOXO!

Kristen said...

Heather, you've brought happy tears to my eyes and a huge smile to my face. ((hugs))

Brent said...

SO VERY EXCITED for you and the family. Thanks for having the strength and poise to share your experience with us! You are an awesome and inspirational person!

lilly riera said...

everything about this post makes me happy... happy for you, happy for ironman,happy for your family but most importantly happy for you!!! Take it easy, give yourself time to build strength and know that you are loved...

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Heather!! I'm so so so happy for you, and for your family. I tell ya what, I thought I was one tough cookie - but I think I may have met my match in you ;O). I know one thing's for sure, you took cancer and kicked it's ass while taking it's name. And somehow through it all you managed to keep an amazing outlook on everything. I love the way you love life and love that you love to laugh and believe it heals all. I think you might just be right :O).
Sending you big hugs from the Mile High city!!!
~Ami & Jase

Shannon said...

So glad to hear that everything is getting better...you never fail to make me giggle and smile while reading your posts....still sending you good healing thoughts!