October 21st, 2021 | Season 1 | 20 mins 13 secs
anemia, chemo, hair loss, insurance, nonprofit organizations, steroids, weight gain, wigs
4 weeks after starting chemo, the “new normal” is here. Kristen describes what it feels like to have no hair and as the physical effects of chemo present new challenges, she realizes that breast cancer could be what ends her life.
October 7th, 2021 | Season 1 | 32 mins 29 secs
hair loss, haircut, infusion center, lael annmarie, port flush, side effects, smart port, wall calendar
At the end of the day following Kristen’s 2nd chemo treatment, she recalls her dream the previous night and describes how her hair hurts.
Between the first and second chemo treatments, several surprise infections appeared along with disappointment over how quickly her formerly iron-clad immune system failed.
While adjusting to all these strange happenings within her body, she decides to cut her hair before it has a chance to fall out, resulting in the comical realization that with short hair she looks like her son and a surprise boost of self-confidence.
When a deeply meaningful gift from a dear friend (and two-time breast cancer survivor) arrives in the mail, the pink ribbon logo takes on a new and different meaning.
Settling into the treatment routine, Kristen shifts her focus to the future by buying a beautiful new wall-sized garden calendar from Etsy to chronicle the journey that’s about to unfold.