Questions Answered Part I

Hi there!

I’ve received a lot of questions about all different kinds of topics lately. I wanted to share a post and answer some of the ones I have received multiple times. Sooo here ya go…

Is there something you drink prior to chemo that helps you with recovery?

Yes!!! Water, water, and more water. Seriously. My friend gave me excellent advice before I began chemo. She said starting 3 days before infusion, drink at least 60 oz of water and 40 oz of Gatorade a day. I strive for this every day. Now that I’m on the easier chemo I don’t drink the Gatorade, but I drink double the water now. I think it’s really helped me do well. The water I choose is always one with electrolytes. My favorite is Essentia .

Why do you ice your hands?

Great question! I actually ice both my hands and my feet during my Taxol chemo. With certain types of chemo like Taxol there is an increased risk of neuropathy. There have been studies done that show icing can help prolong or eliminate the risk of neuropathy when icing. I will be on number 7 of 12 Taxol this week and so far no neuropathy! I definitely think it helps. I start icing 15 minutes before my infusion begins, and continue during the infusion, and 10 min after the infusion is over. The gloves I use are Elasto-gel Hypothermia Mitts . For the socks I use NatraCure Cold Therapy Socks. It’s good to get a least a couple pairs of both because you will need to change them a few times during treatment.

With the type of chemo that you are and have been on, does it reduce your ability to get pregnant? Just wondering if they recommended freezing eggs before chemo?

Ok, so this is a topic I was going to keep private. After much thought I’ve decided to share in hopes it helps someone out there going through this dreadful journey.

After surgery, but before Chemotherapy I did freeze my eggs. After speaking with my oncologist, and her being so supportive of the idea, I decided that if nothing else freezing my eggs would be my “insurance policy” just in case the chemo makes it hard or impossible to become pregnant naturally. I have to admit it was quite an exciting process. I was able to get 23 eggs frozen! So I will have many chances of having children. I did not want cancer to take that from me. I’m so thankful my oncologist was so supportive of my decision.

You’re skin is glowing! What do you use to make it look so great?

First of all thank you!!! I think a big part of it is drinking a ton of water. Also I’ve been pretty much overdosing on collagen. My favorite is Vital Proteins Collagen . Amy totally got me hooked on their Matcha Collagen as well. I’m also currently obsessed with Biossance SQUALANE Oil . It leaves my face feeling super smooth and refreshed.

Have you lost your eyebrows?

Have I ever?! Lawd. If there is one thing I love more than hair, it’s eyebrows. So this has been rough y’all. But thank God for makeup. Honestly no one can even tell after I fix my makeup in the morning, that they are barely there. I use Anastasia Brow Wiz in soft brown to line them and make little “hairs”. Then I take Sephora Brow Builder to fill in the rest.

On another note, my eyelashes are barely hanging on as well. I’m so cute y’all. 🤦🏼‍♀️ I have found the BEST fake lashes ever. I may never go back to natural again after wearing these. They are Ardell Wispies Lashes . They are super light. You can’t even tell you are wearing them. 🙌🏻

Those were just a few of the questions I have received. I’d continue on but Housewives of OC is about to come on. #priorities

Keep the questions coming! I love to help out in any way possible.

Hope everyone has a great week!

Until next time…

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tatatocancer

I was diagnosed with Stage IIIA Grade 2, HR/PR positive HER2 negative breast cancer at age 31. I am now NED!

2 thoughts on “Questions Answered Part I”

  1. Bae, you’re amazing. I think of the c-word and it makes me want to throw up or pass out or both. My biggest fear.

    You’ve faced it head on, with such positivity, and are absolutely crushing it. You are amazing.

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