An explanation...

Why Foob? I had a double mastectomy, and at the time, the plastic surgeon put "expanders" under the muscles in my chest. Every 2-3 weeks, they were filled with more saline, in preparation for my reconstructive surgery. They were very full and hard. Uncomfortable. One time, one of my sons gave me a hug and then said "Your foobs are hard!" Hee, hee, hee! My kids have this endearing habit of combining words. So, "Foobs" are fake boobs. Which I will still have, even after the reconstruction.

Foob Babe - that would be me!
"The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next." ~Mignon McLaughlin


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Friday, June 5, 2009

Slowing Me Down

Back in April, I wrote about being sore all over. I'm still very sore. It seems to be getting worse. Almost every muscle and every joint in my body hurts. The last two days, especially, have brought foot pain. It's hard to walk and by nighttime, my feet and legs are in so much pain I can hardly sleep. In fact, it was 2:30 am this morning before I was able to fall asleep. I wish the pain would go away, because it's really slowing me down. I thought if I started to exercise - walking every day - it would start to get better. But, it seems to be worse after I exercise. I wish that wasn't the case. It's hard to even want to go walk when I know I'll just hurt more when I'm through. I went to the foot doctor the other day because my toenail had to be removed (because it turned black, due to chemo) and he asked me how I'm doing. I told him about the aches and pains. I used to work for this doctor, so I really trust him. He wondered if my oncologist had given me any anti-inflammatory medication. I told him no, and so he gave me some. I'm going to start taking them every day. I've also started to take my husband's vitamins. My sister, Kris, gave me a bottle of Seven (google it) and I'm going to take it twice a day. I'm hoping that these three things, and walking, will help me control the aches. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I never thought that 10 months later I would feel this awful. I thought that when I finished with chemo, things would get better - that chemo was the worst of it. It's hard to get going again with my life when I'm still not feeling well. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, however. Several people I talked to, who have had cancer and chemo, have told me that this will last for about a year and then things will get better. A year is a long time. It's difficult to get back to taking care of my family and back to work when things hurt. But at least it will get better at some point. Has anyone else (previous cancer patients) had these problems?


  1. Never had pain all over but what I can say is that I never felt the same after chemo. My body was definitely weaker then before chemo.

    My body was different ....

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