Three years ago

Three years ago today, 22 February, I left hospital. I’d completed six rounds of chemotherapy to treat non-Hodgkin lymphoma and moved into remission.

For the previous six months I’d been treated as an inpatient at my local hospital: each month I’d spent two to three weeks in hospital and one to two weeks at home.

Chemotherapy has a number of side effects. One of the most common side effects is hair loss. I got that one. I lost the hair on my head, my eyebrows and eyelashes – even the hairs up my nose disappeared.

I wasn’t too worried about losing my hair: I knew it would eventually grow back but I didn’t know when or how.

Here’s a few moments from 2013 – my post-chemotherapy year.

I’m still in remission. I still have my hair.

January, waiting to go back into hospital to start final round of chemotherapy
January. Waiting to go back into hospital to start final round of chemotherapy

 

February. Waiting to leave hospital after completing final round of chemotherapy
February. Waiting to leave hospital after completing final round of chemotherapy

 

March. Birthday lunch with my mother
March. Birthday lunch with my mother

 

April. Wigged up for a trip to the theatre
April. Wigged up

 

May. Happy to go out without a hat
May. Loving my new short hair

 

June. New glasses
June. New hair, new glasses

 

July. Making waves
July. Making waves

 

August. Writing a campaign blog for Macmillan Cancer Support
August. Profile pic for Macmillan Cancer Support’s campaign blog

 

September. Visiting my mother
September. Visiting my mother

 

September. En route to cycle 52 miles at London Bikeathon. My first starting-chemotherapy anniversary chemotherapy
September. En route to cycle 52 miles to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research (now Bloodwise). Cycle ride marked first anniversary of starting chemotherapy

 

October. My first haircut
October. First haircut

 

November. Curls are driving me crazy
November. Crazy curls

 

December. Curls are clipped for trip to Australia
December. Curls clipped, ready for trip to Australia