Breast cancer support, Chronic pain

Autumn 2020

It has been awhile since I last posted, mostly because I have nothing much to talk about due to the C word (and for once it is not cancer !) Life has become pretty mundane these past few months due to the dreaded virus circulating insidiously amongst us. Like everyone, I have restricted my movements and am adhering to the guidelines set out for us from our public health officials. In the midst of all this life does go on and we have settled into some semblance of a routine especially since the children returned to school. I recently had an Oncology appointment and I felt like I had stepped into a Dystopian world as everything was familiar but had a dreamlike quality to it. Having arrived an hour early because I don’t like rushing, I found it difficult to find parking. I hadn’t factored in that there would be more cars around as people were avoiding public transport. When I arrived at the hospital, I had to go through a screening process whereupon I ended up late for my appointment much to my mortification. I quickly got over my embarrassment when my Oncologist paused and said “Imagine, you are coming to me for twenty one years!” No matter how weird and small my world is at the moment, that is certainly something to be grateful for. I have gotten time, time to be with my family and watch my children grow and develop into their unique personalities. For the first time in a long time my appointments have been pushed out to six months which boosts my confidence further.

In other news, I am getting some relief with physical therapy and acupuncture for the chronic pain I have been experiencing. I am going to a new therapist and she seems to understand my complex history. For the first time in two years I am getting consistent relief and as a consequence am sleeping better. My only concern is that if the restrictions are tightened further with regard to the pandemic, it may undo all the recent progress.

Lastly, I hope you have availed of the flu vaccine this year. The stocks in Ireland are getting quite low and it was announced in the past day or so that it will only be offered to the at-risk groups. I decided to get the pneumococcal vaccine as well this year to try and protect myself as much as possible. The Irish Cancer Society recommend it for all cancer patients and in my age group I will need a booster in five years. Over 65s only need one dose.

I will leave you with some autumnal pictures I have taken when out walking this past week or so, which help sustain me during these difficult times.

Take care x

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