Wednesday, April 20, 2011

"Not even cancer could stop u"

Was on gchat now, with a former colleague who has moved to Port Elizabeth. I told her I was at home tonight. She responded: "lol that is bizarre! not even cancer could stop u". A short while ago I also wrote a comment on Joanna's blog, lifehasitsupsanddowns in which I reminisced about battling to stand up for long periods at art exhibition openings, or walked slowly from my car to restaurants (realise the difference only now that I can bounce along quickly) - but at least I was there!
So Karen, thank you for saying that "not even cancer could stop u". Well, why should it? Only in the week (week two post chemo) when my immune system was compromised did I not go to public places other than work, as advised by the doctors.
Yes, cancer didn't stop me much - nor should it stop anyone else.

PS: So grateful my arm is ok. Feels awful but saw The Lymph Lady today, and it's fine. And lost 1kg already.


  1. Hi Gillian,

    You asked on my blog if I am on Herceptin and I thought I would follow up on your blog (which I love by the way) that I take it every three weeks and will likely do it for the rest of my life or as long as it stays working. My doctor thinks that exercise is really valuable with Herceptin. My ejection fraction has reduced over the last three years, but it is at a tolerable level. I suppose that it is a matter of where your heart is functioning and whether a reduction in efficiency would be of critical concern. I have promised my doctor that she will be the first to know if I start feeling lousy while I am on the tennis court. Otherwise, if I feel fine, then I am fine.

    Thank you so much for reading my blog. I love sharing our joint experiences and I think it is interesting to hear how it is going for you on the other side of the world. I am glad that your arm is doing well. I am going to start going to a lymph lady, partly due to reading your posts.

  2. Yes my ejection fraction also decreased but because I was above-average fit to start off with (when I got diagnosed), the reduction is not of major concern but it dropped about 10%. Then when I stopped herceptin, it went up 2%. Not sure if they will give me another scan to check. Doubt it.
    Please do not get like me and worry about your arm all the time - I am doing my utmost not to worry about it.