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Casting For Recovery Florida

 

 

 

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Two weeks ago, I went to a wonderful retreat called Casting For Recovery, in Lake Mary Florida.  I had a wonderful time and met 12 wonderful participants, nine fantastic volunteers and 7 wonderful boat captains.

The premise of the retreat is to get 14 women together who have never met before but have a common experience of breast cancer.  To take 2.5 days to connect the participants through an activity of fly fishing.  Fly fishing has been found to be a very therapeutic activity for women who have undergone breast surgery and have mastectomies or the loss of lymph nodes.  The movement of casting the fly back and forth is very good for moving lymph and freeing up muscles and range of motion.

There are times spent in education about fly fishing, the equipment, the technique.  There were times to practice and work on the methods that we were being taught.  We also learned to tie our own flies.

There are also times spent in communion with one another.  Times of intimacy and sharing.  There were tears and there were cheers.  We were bound close to one another and genuinely came to care for each one there.  It was a time to reveal our true selves, what we hope for and also, what we fear.  It was beautiful.

There were gifts, laughter and stuffed animals.  There was time at night when we would sit and sip wine and laugh and share some more.

Finally on Monday morning we got up very early and packed our bags and met the Boat guides on the St. John’s river in order to actually practice what we learned and to catch fish.  My captain was a gentleman named Greg.  He was a successful businessman in his own rite and took time from his schedule for the past 7 years to come out and do this retreat.

They paired 2 women per boat and paired us by ability and desire to fish.  They put a woman named Michele in the boat with me because we both wanted to really fish.  Some ladies are more interested in a boat ride but not Michele and I.  We wanted to CATCH FISH.  So, Greg told us when we got in the boat that he had been able to put Casting For Recovery Ladies on fish EVERY year since he started.  So……NO PRESSURE!!  He kept taking us to different areas of the river that he thought were good potential and telling us where to cast to.  He was also trying to get us out of the wind so we could cast well.  He supplied the rods and opened a case for us to pick a fly.  The day before we learned that some flies cost hundreds of dollars so when he showed me his selection, I was reluctant to use his flies because I did not know which one were disposable.  I then presented the fly that I had tied and asked if I could fish with it.  He thought my fly looked good and said of course.  Well, much to my surprise, after about an hour I caught a fish using my fly and I had about 3 more strikes.

Catching a fish was just the icing on an already delicious cake!! I was very happy.  The media was also out there with us so I believe in May there will be a lengthy feature story on the retreat which I will post here later.  It was an incredible retreat, I highly recommend for anyone who has gone through breast cancer.  There are affiliates all over the US, so check online and apply.  It is well worth the investment of time.  I feel very blessed to have been able to participate.  In the photo above the yellow fly on the stuffed alligator is the one I tied.

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Hello You!!

If you are my ex husband……..get a life!!  If you are a new friend welcome to my blog.  I debrief from life here and try to help others with issues regarding cancer, relationships and spirituality.  I hope you find it helpful, thoughtful and entertaining.

I stopped writing a while back when I realized my EX was my most ardent fan.  Which is really pretty pathetic!!   Now, I just don’t give a damn.  Writing helps me and some of my writings help others.

So hello and come along for the ride.  Like this blog to receive notifications of new entries.

:Dawn

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Wish you were HAIR!!! Tips and Tricks for Chemo and hair loss.

23618_1272383762707_1023283416_30650339_2420140_nLet’s Talk about Hair Loss……………………
You might not think about how important your hair is until you face losing it. And if you have cancer and are about to undergo chemotherapy, the chance of hair loss is very real. Both men and women report hair loss as one of the side effects they fear most after being diagnosed with cancer.
Whether or not you have hair loss from your chemotherapy depends mostly on the type and dose of medication you receive. But whether you can maintain a healthy body image after hair loss depends a lot on your attitude and the support of your friends and family.
Chemotherapy and hair loss: Why does it occur?
Chemotherapy drugs are powerful medications that attack rapidly growing cancer cells. Unfortunately, these drugs also attack other rapidly growing cells in your body — including those in your hair roots.
Chemotherapy may cause hair loss all over your body — not just on your scalp. Sometimes your eyelash, eyebrow, armpit, pubic and other body hair also falls out. Some chemotherapy drugs are more likely than others to cause hair loss, and different doses can cause anything from a mere thinning to complete baldness. Talk to your doctor or nurse about the medication you’ll be taking. Your doctor or nurse can tell you what to expect.
Fortunately, most of the time hair loss from chemotherapy is temporary. You can expect to regrow your hair three to 10 months after your treatment ends, though your hair may temporarily be a different shade or texture.
Chemotherapy and hair loss: What should you expect?
Hair usually begins falling out one to three weeks after you start treatment. It could fall out very quickly in clumps or gradually. You’ll likely notice accumulations of loose hair on your pillow, in your hairbrush or comb, or in your sink or shower drain. Your scalp may feel tender.
Your hair loss will continue throughout your treatment and up to a few weeks afterward. Whether your hair thins or you become completely bald will depend on your treatment.
It may take several weeks after treatment for your hair to recover and begin growing again. When your hair starts to grow back, it will probably be slightly different from the hair you lost. But the difference is usually temporary. Your new hair might have a different texture or color. It might be curlier than it was before, or it could be gray until the cells that control the pigment in your hair begin functioning again.
Chemotherapy and hair loss: Can hair loss be prevented?
No treatment exists that can guarantee your hair won’t fall out during or after chemotherapy. The best way for you to deal with impending hair loss is to plan ahead and focus on making yourself comfortable with your appearance before, during and after your cancer treatment.
Several treatments have been investigated as possible ways to prevent hair loss, but none has been absolutely effective, including:
• Scalp hypothermia (cryotherapy). During your chemotherapy, ice packs or similar devices are placed on your head to slow blood flow to your scalp. This way, chemotherapy drugs are less likely to have an effect on your scalp. Studies of scalp hypothermia have found it works somewhat in the majority of people who have tried it. However, the procedure also causes a small risk of cancer recurring in your scalp, as this area doesn’t receive the same dose of chemotherapy as the rest of your body. People undergoing scalp hypothermia report feeling uncomfortably cold and having headaches.
• Minoxidil (Rogaine). Applying minoxidil — a drug approved for pattern hair loss in men and women — to your scalp before and during chemotherapy isn’t likely to prevent your hair loss, although some research shows it may speed up your hair regrowth. More research is needed to understand whether minoxidil is effective in regrowing hair after cancer treatment.
Chemotherapy and hair loss: How to make the best of it
Your hair loss generally can’t be prevented or controlled, but it can be managed. Take the following steps throughout your treatment to minimize the frustration and anxiety associated with hair loss.
Before treatment
• Be gentle to your hair. Get in the habit of being kind to your hair. Don’t bleach, color or perm your hair — this can weaken it. Air-dry your hair as much as possible and avoid heating devices such as curling irons and hot rollers. Strengthening your hair now might make it more likely to stay in your head a little longer during treatment.
• Consider cutting your hair. Short hair tends to look fuller than long hair. So as your hair falls out, it won’t be as noticeable if you have short hair. Also, if you have long hair, going short might help you make a better transition to total hair loss.
• Plan for a head covering. Now is the time to start thinking about wigs, scarves or other head coverings. Whether you choose to wear a head covering to conceal your hair loss is up to you. But it’s easier to plan for it now rather than later. Ask your doctor to write a prescription for a wig, the cost of which may be covered by your health insurance.
During treatment
• Baby your remaining hair. Continue your gentle hair strategies throughout your chemotherapy treatment. Use a soft brush. Wash your hair only as often as necessary. Consider using a gentle shampoo.
• Consider shaving your head. Some people report that their scalps feel itchy, sensitive and irritated during their treatment and while their hair is falling out. Shaving your head can reduce the irritation and save the embarrassment of shedding. Some men shave their heads because they feel it looks better than the patchy hair loss they might be experiencing.
• Protect your scalp. If your head is going to be exposed to the sun or to cold air, protect it with sunscreen or a head covering. Your scalp may be sensitive as you go through treatment, so extreme cold or sunshine can easily irritate it. Having no hair or having less hair can make you feel cold, so a head covering may make you more comfortable.
After treatment
• Continue gentle hair care. Your new hair growth will be especially fragile and vulnerable to the damage caused by styling products and heating devices. Hold off on coloring or bleaching your new hair until it grows stronger. Processing could damage your new hair and irritate your sensitive scalp.
• Be patient. It’s likely that your hair will come back slowly and that it might not look normal right away. But growth takes time, and it also takes time to repair the damage caused by your cancer treatment.
Chemotherapy and hair loss: Cover your head
Covering your head as your hair falls out is a purely personal decision. For many women hair is associated with femininity and health, so they choose to maintain that look by wearing a wig. Others choose hats and scarves. Still others choose not to cover their heads at all.
Ask your doctor or a hospital social worker about resources in your area to help you find the best head covering for you. Look Good … Feel Better is a free program that provides hair and beauty makeovers and tips to women with cancer. These classes are offered throughout the United States and in several other countries. Many classes are offered through local chapters of the American Cancer Society. Look Good…Feel Better also offers classes for teens with cancer, as well as a website especially for men.
Radiation therapy also can cause hair loss
Radiation therapy also attacks quickly growing cells in your body, but unlike chemotherapy, it affects only the specific area where treatment is concentrated. If you have radiation to your head, you’ll likely lose the hair on your head.
Your hair usually begins growing back after your treatments end. But whether it grows back to its original thickness and fullness depends on your treatment. Different types of radiation and different doses will have different effects on your hair. Higher doses of radiation can cause permanent hair loss. Talk to your doctor about what dose you’ll be receiving so that you’ll know what to expect.
Radiation therapy also affects your skin. The treatment area is likely to be red and may look sunburned or tanned. If your radiation treatment is to your head, it’s a good idea to cover your head with a protective hat or scarf because your skin will be sensitive to cold and sunlight. Wigs and other hairpieces might irritate your scalp.

Dawn’s personal recipe for Hair regrowth:
Supplements………
Biotin
MSM
Horestail
Collagen
Vitamin E

Eat plenty of high quality protein like lean meats and eggs

Daily application of Minoxidil to the scalp 1-2 X a day.
Daily application of RED LED light to the scalp. 10 min in AM and 30 Min in PM

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Stronger Lyrics

You know the bed feels warmer
Sleeping here alone
You know I dream in color
And do the things I want

You think you got the best of me
Think you had the last laugh
Bet you think that everything good is gone
Think you left me broken down
Think that I’d come running back
Baby you don’t know me, cause you’re devil

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone
What doesn’t kill you makes a fire
Put that thing on lighter
Doesn’t mean I’m over cause you’r gone

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, stronger
Just me, myself and I
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone

You heard that I was starting over with someone new
But told you I was moving on over you

You didn’t think that I’d come back
I’d come back swinging
You try to break me

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone
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What doesn’t kill you makes a fire
Put that thing on lighter
Doesn’t mean I’m over cause you’r gone

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, stronger
Just me, myself and I
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone
Thanks to you I’m not a broken hearted
You know in the end the day to left was just my beginning
In the end…

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone
What doesn’t kill you makes a fire
Put that thing on lighter
Doesn’t mean I’m over cause you’r gone

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, stronger
Just me, myself and I
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, stronger
Just me, myself and I
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone
when I’m alone
Lyrics from eLyrics.net