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First Day Back at Work

Hello Blog Family! I apologize for not writing in a while, but I went back to work (I’m a Senior Marketing Manager at Barnes & Noble) and it’s been my focus lately. At first it was a huge adjustment, but I’m back in the groove and enjoying the challenges and stresses of work. I’ve found that it’s so important to push yourself. It would be so easy for me to lay in bed (and feel sorry for myself) all day, but that wouldn’t do me any good – physically or emotionally. When I’m at work, it’s the best I feel all day. The best advice I can give anyone in my situation is to push yourself and get your life back as soon as your doctor gives you the green light. Tough it out. Be a fighter.

I finished the tough part of chemotherapy (4 rounds of Adriamycin and Cytoxan) and recently started the final stage that will last 12 weeks (12 rounds of Taxol). Taxol has been a breeze compared to AC – no nausea, mouth sores or strange smells. But there’s no getting off easy. Taxol can cause serious allergic reactions. After the second round, I got a really bad skin rash on my hands, arms and legs. A visit to the allergist and the addition of a few more drugs has significantly helped.

Chemotherapy kicks you into temporary menopause. The good: No period. The bad: Hot flashes. When I finish my treatment, my body will eventually go back to normal, but for now, I’m a 50 year old woman.

I’ve had a few other little problems, but nothing to complain about. My motto: It can always be worse. Remember that – it makes your worries a little less worrisome.

Happiness & Strength,
Marie Tomi Policastro