Welcome back to Free My Cure.  My name is Nicola and I am a Terminal Stage 4 cancer patient.  I turned to cannabis 4 years ago and I haven’t looked back since.  I have improved my quality of life by 10 percent and I don’t plan on stopping here.  Join me on the journey to find a cure for my cancer using cannabis!

When you have cancer people start looking at you different, they call us brave and strong but we aren’t.  We are scared out of our minds then we start treating ourselves differently, we put on the brave smile, we laugh, when what we really want to do is cry.  I put this blog together for all my fellow cancer patients, let me tell you the things no one told me.

My first real run in with chemo was not what I was expecting.  The first day of chemo, the doctors will tell you to make sure you have someone with you to drive, dress comfortably, and most important stay calm everything will be okay.  What they don’t tell you, start making a go bag which I will go into more details below, get a comfortable hat not too tight and not really loose, this is going to help the hair follicles stay out of direct sunlight.  There is a 95% chance you are going to lose all of the hair all over your body, I had to draw on eyebrows for 2 years, however keeping your hair out of the sunlight prevents some damage.  Sunglasses are a very important item to keep as well when outside, I lost my eyelashes and I knew several other patients that did as well, without eyelashes the sun can further damage your eyes.  The dentist, When I first started chemo my oncologist never told me about how bad chemo is for bones and teeth and with adding vomiting on top of chemo I have an entire blog dedicated to chemo and teeth.

The Go Bag;
1 toothbrush, mouthwash, extra scarf or beanie to cover hair, ziplock bags, a bottle of water, socks, underwear, a pad (for a woman), small package tissue, and a small easy to carry bag.  Always remember to replenish the items you use them.  I have learned the hard way that all of these items will be used during your treatment, you will lose control of some of your bodily functions at times and for this, I say keep your chin up we all have had these accidents once or twice.

I will close this blog with the most important piece of advice that I was given and that I ignored.  Your support system is going to be the most important part of treatment.  Don’t hide how you are feeling from them, ask them for help your not superman, and the most important I can’t stress it enough hug your loved ones every day and let them know how much you love them for the little things like their beautiful smile because they need those memories when you’re gone.


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