As for the rest of the in treatment side effects, I did okay. I was pretty tired and sometimes, all these years later, I still am. I dealt with the nausea just fine. That was a surprise as I thought that would be so much worse.
Let's move forward to the long term side effects. Again, there are the obvious ones that reflect the initial side effects:
- Fatigue (yay, more tired!)
- Memory loss...didn't I talk about this already?
- Early menopause (I was diagnosed at 32 so this was an "amazing" gift)
- Cataracts (wait....what?????)
I had to wait and let them grow and grow....and grow until they were about as bad as they could possibly be for having them removed. Lets just say that is one of the worst things to have to deal with. I know, I know, I went through cancer and that was THE WORST, but cataracts were so not fun. My eyesight got so bad, I was using a massive magnifying glass to see anything and everything! It was the size of my face and yet I still could barely see. Now, it was pretty funny, I must say. I tried to keep a good attitude and laughed at myself. I mean, how often do you go into a meeting at work carrying your laptop and one extra large magnifying glass to see anything? That was a first for me. Needless to say that this past summer, those lovely cataracts got to their much needed max fogginess and I got them removed. Oh everything was so bright and colorful!! I missed seeing green grass and blue skies. During cataract season, everything had a yellow tint to it. It was such a wonderful feeling to see again.
Cancer and all it's side effects are less than enjoyable. However, I do believe it is how we tackle said side effects. I'm not saying embrace them and cherish them (um, that is just not normal) but practicing a little bit of acceptance goes a long way.