The chemo made me cold even though I started treatments in heat of mid August. The chemo-induced menopause gave me incredible stinging hot flashes. The chills and the sweats came back to back. I’d put my hat and coat on and as soon as I got situated I’d be ripping it back off in a full sweat. And then I’d be freezing the next minute. Pulling clothes on and off was a full time job and the most exercise I had for about eight months.
Author Note: A Stroll Down Mammary Lane is an illustrated journal chronicling eighteen months of our experience with breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and cure. During the long convalescence, I spent most of my time horizontal healing from multiple surgeries, chemotherapy and other treatments. I was unable to work in my pottery studio and my career as a full time ceramic sculptor was put on hold while I focused on getting through one procedure at a time. I wasn’t able to do much but I did draw and it resulted in about 90 illustrations of my process of fighting breast cancer.
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