It's my birthday too--yeah
They say it's your birthday
We're gonna have a good time
I'm glad it's your birthday
Happy birthday to you... ~The Beatles~
And as the Beatles said, "You say it's your birthday; It's my birthday too -- yeah..." I quietly celebrated my 58th birthday on March 26. And if you want to read about it, you can go to my husband's Dwain's blog, which you should check out because his blog is excellent. You can find what he said about my birthday here
|Say Happy Birthday to Janell Bush! Today is her 65th.|
Janell Bush and I took our very first chemotherapy session together (God help us!). In fact, as we talked along, we discovered that our breast cancers were discovered nearly at the same time. Although we used different doctors in different cities, our paths eventually crossed right there in Dr. Abdelaal's office one Thursday morning in early January, 2011. Since that time, Janell has called me quite often and become a new friend -- even a Facebook friend, which is where I acquired her image for today's picture.
Janell phoned me last night after she read my post about not having to take chemo anymore. She asked me if my hair had started to grow back. She said hers had not. Except... she said, wouldn't you know that those persistent gray hairs would be the ones that would pop out first? Do you have any gray hair? she asked. Sadly, yes. Before. I even used to purchase hair color. But her daughter is a hairdresser, so I suppose she'll keep Janell looking spit-spot.
Anyway, Janell, these two picture are for you. Dwain took them last night while I was on the phone with you while we were discussing the hair/no hair issue. Forgive my appearance in that sleeveless t-shirt. Actually you'll probably understand. Just before Dwain took the picture, I had been wearing a long-sleeved hoodie, which came off when I had one of those without-warning-type hot flashes we post-menopausal women famously experience. ~whew~ You'll see it draped over a chair in the background.
|Talking to Janell -- hot flash! cap on.|
|Talking to Janell - hot flash! Cap off. See? I told you that I didn't have any hair. No gray. No nothing. And it's not shaved. It's just non-existent.|
And this next picture is for Janell, too. And for anyone else who might be interested. Let me explain. When I was taking chemo my mouth would occasionally feel like it was burned, you know? Like the kind of burn when you eat a too-hot pizza and the melted cheese sticks to the roof of your mouth and the tip of your tongue. That's the only way I know how to describe the sensation. Except that the burn would creep down my throat and make my tonsils feel swollen. Only the burn would not go away in a couple of days. Food tasted bad and drinks could only be tepid or cold. Anyway, when I described this problem to Nurse Priscilla at Dr. A's office she said, I can call you in something that will work like magic. Magic Mouthwash.
|This RED bottle truly is Magic Mouthwash. In fact, the pharmacy mixed up two bottles of the stuff -- one red, one green. The other square, squatty bottle is my aromatase inhibitor.|
|This is the picture the Keeners took of Dwain and me from across the table at the same Mexican restaurant. Look how good they made us look!|
That's about it for this random post. I will say that so far, knock on wood, I have suffered no noticeable side effects from the Aramidex. None. I feel simply wonderful.