19th Feb2009

Done with radiotherapy

by Dutchcloggie

A post by JD

I’ve officially done with radiation. For now anyway. It’s nice to be at home and looking forward to doing weight loss activities like going to the gym and going for a walk to the shops to buy stuff that I don’t need. I need to cut my hair tonight as well which will be a lot of fun – with my cheap and nasty petrol station clippers – and leave all of the bits everywhere. Ugh. Never mind. That’s what vacuums are there for I suppose! More weight loss. Hope everyone is doing well with their various treatments/waitings. JD

16th Feb2009

A hair cut

by Dutchcloggie

A post by JD

Hi all, Had all of my hair shaved off at the weekend and I’m still getting used to it. It’s quite cold up top so I’m wearing a nice new hat bought for me by my darling dearest. My hair is quite wispy where the beams go in, which is not unexpected I suppose. I just hope that it grows back nicely like it was before without going curly or turning any odd colour. No white woman’s afro for me thank you very much. Although scaring little kiddies into thinking i’m Side Show Bob would be a giggle. It won’t be the end of the world if it doesn’t grow back. I will just have to invest in some proper hair clippers to keep it all neat and tidy and not rely on the cheap and nasty ones that we got from the petrol station. We’re not at that point yet but can anyone recommend any? Whilst (while? – grammar experts please help me out) I’m here I am going to have my 2 cents worth on Jade Goody. Why on earth does everyone prefix what they say about her with ‘I know she’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer’ or something similar? It’s just so rude! She’s doing her best with a truly horrible disease and I do not begrudge her a single penny of the money she’s making for her children. Joint pain is back in the knees and at the worst time – when the parents-in-law are visiting from the Netherlands. Drugs are working well as well as a hot water bottle. Anyhoo…must go and do some ironing otherwise we’ll be going around crinkle-cut, which will be unacceptable to Dutchcloggie. I couldn’t care less but who am I? JD

09th Feb2009

A make-over

by Dutchcloggie


This weekend, JD finally plucked up the courage to have her hair cut off. It was a difficult decision that had been put off a few times already so I am proud she finally went. I think it looks a lot better now. Somehow, the long hair made her look more ill, in my opinion. Obviously, with half a head of hair, she still looks like she is obviously having some kind of problem but it somehow looks much better to me. And I love running my hands through short hair. There still are a few wispy bits on her head at the front but most of it is gone. She has left the hair on the back of her head, if anything because it is actually quite cold without hair! So tip from the top: don’t have chemo or radiotherapy in the winter if you are going to lose your hair! It is cold!

Only 8 treatments to go. So far JD is doing great. None of the terrible tiredness we were warned about, no terrible headaches or anything. I guess it is not surprising that JD isn’t too tired because she doesn’t really do much during the day. That is not a bad thing! I just mean that if you have a very busy life with work and kids, you are going to notice much more that you are unable to do certain things. But if, like JD, most of your time is spent at home anyway, working on the sofa on a laptop, you are not spending a lot of energy anyway so it is not going to feel like you are using a lot more energy to do the same things you always do. I suppose in this case, that is a good thing! Yay for working on the sofa!

The only thing is perhaps that she is more forgetful and finds it hard to organise more than 1 thing at the same time. But apparently that is quite common with RT to the head and that should go away a few weeks after the end of treatment.

I am looking forward to the end of this. I am looking forward to things getting back to normal again. My bosses have been great in the past few months & weeks, giving me all the time I need to get to hospital and whatever else I need. It has made me a lot more stressed as I don’t want to let my bosses down after them being supportive but I also need to be able to put JD first without feeling I then MUST go back to work in the evening to finish work off all the time. After all, my bosses knew I would need time and they offered me that time.

I am looking forward to hearing the radiotherapy has worked and the bastard tumour has stopped growing for good.