My great intention of getting my latest work completed before Christmas was knocked out of the water when the cancer decided to take over my life the past couple of months. While the November scan showed no growth of the tumors, the skin on my breast was saying otherwise.
So, in November, I went through three weeks of radiotherapy, which affected me much worse than expected, with a trip to the emergency, and the rest of the time too sick to even drive (I am forever grateful to the school mums who did the pick ups and drop offs for me).
On the final day of radiotherapy, I suddenly had excruciating pain in my left femur head. A couple days later, an X-ray showed a tumour had caused a hairline fracture in that area. I was taken into surgery to have a rod and a couple screws inserted. Two weeks later, I was back on that dreaded table, having another week’s worth of radiotherapy (to kill off any remaining tumours in the femur).
At the end of that radiotherapy, both my physical and mental health was at an all-time low, with me sitting on my comfy recliner binging Netflix (OMG – Ginny and Georgia – one of my favorite shows ever!), as all my bones and joints stiffened up and I became so sore I could hardly move. My memory was so bad I thought I must have early dementia, and every time I sat down to write, my mind went blank.
I was sent for a full body CT with the fear the new treatment wasn’t working, but when I got the results a few days later, it turned out the cancer was looking the best it has in a long time!
I asked my oncologist, ‘but why the sore bones and joints?’ – she answered exercise!
I said, ‘but the memory loss.’ Her answer – exercise!
I said, ‘but the tiredness and depression.’ Her answer (you guessed it) – EXERCISE!
Well, I’m happy to say after only three days of exercise I now feel the best I’ve felt in months.
Most importantly, I can write again.
So, my next blog will be coming with some fantastic news, plus I’m going to start adding reviews of books I’ve read – to make things a little more interesting for you all. So, if you are an author of diverse science fiction, dystopian, low-grade fantasy, or paranormal, please contact me so we can sort something out.
Bye for now, and wishing you the best year ever.
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