We were home by 12:30, none the worse for wear. I spent the rest of the day feeling amazingly well. By the following evening, the drugs began to hit home. I was exhausted and felt like crawling right out of my own skin. Another day and my stomach declared its revulsion. Suddenly food looked, smelled, felt, and tasted nothing short of disgusting. At age 51, I was about to have my very first fight with food. The relationship between food and me wouldn’t be the same for a long time to come.
As the weeks and months passed, my husband would sit by my side through all but one treatment, when my daughter accompanied me. Even at my insistence that I could go it alone, as many other patients did, he wouldn’t hear of it. He’d be there for treatment, he’d be there for every doctor appointment, he’d be there through every sick moment. He would see me through baldness as he had through losing a breast. He’d laugh with me, share with me, and love me, just has he had before cancer reared its ugly head.
It may seem like an odd thing for a person with cancer to say, but I am a very fortunate lady.
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Author’s Note: This is article is part of a series chronicling my first-hand patient perspective of life with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer. Without being overly self-indulgent, I hope to convey the raw emotion that comes with such a diagnosis… and the process of living with and beyond it. Entries will appear in Care2 Causes and in Care2 Healthy & Green Living. Follow on Twitter @AnnPietrangelo