My Chemo Bag


I bought a big, bright, colorful bag when I was first diagnosed with cancer. My Oncologist told me to be prepared to spend pretty much the entire day getting my chemotherapy treatments.  Bring snacks, she told me, and other things to keep myself occupied. So, every night before my chemo, I would pack my bag that had the beautiful painting of an impressionist sunrise on it. I’d put in my pre-meds (a fun mix of steroids and anti-nausea pills), a scarf and hat (because it was always so cold in the chemo room), some magazines, my Nook to read and play games on, some snacks, and a picture of my family.  I’d bring my journal and a notebook with questions I had written down to ask my doctor when she saw me that day.  Sometimes, I’d listen to music, sometimes I’d read, sometimes times I’d talk with the other ladies getting chemo. My partner came with me to every treatment, and my Mom came when she was in town.  So, sometimes I didn’t even need all the stuff I had packed because they would keep me company.

My chemo bag also came with me for my surgeries and held my compression bras and pain meds, along with my hopes and fears.  Now, it sits on the top shelf of my closet.  I can’t bring myself to get rid of it, because it’s so pretty, but I can’t quite get myself to use it as just a “regular bag.” It seems that bag will always be “my chemo bag” – and, I hope I will never have to start packing it again. 

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