Well That Was a Lot by Elaine Ford
Digital, 50 x 28 cm, in grey frame
All these figures were in the 12 months following my diagnosis of breast cancer in September 2019. No wonder I’m fatigued! So many people, places, and treatments! It wasn’t possible to count them all, there are many people behind the scenes doing important things, that you never meet or know about, from the people analysing bloods, biopsies, and scans, to the nurses in the operating theatre. I’m grateful to every one of them.
This is just the treatment/hospital side of things, there are a whole load of other important people and things also involved. Also hugely important was all the positive support from family, friends, online and in-person groups, charities, (and mince pies, wine, and gin).
Yes, I did tally up all the needles – some for bloods, anaesthetics, biopsies, chemotherapy, fertility (lots! self-administered!), and injections which make your bones create more of the poor blood cells that chemotherapy destroys.
Since that first year, injections, tests, scans, and hospital visits have continued, with a second surgery and a brain lesion scare. But the impact to life is not to the same scale as the beginning, thankfully.