Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Guess what today is? This is the date when I had my operation last year. It's been a year and I'm still here, all praises due. I not really excited, but I am thankful. Another day of living and I made it  in good health. The really important date for me will be 03/31/13. That will be around the first year after chemo. Hopefully I will still be cancer free on that day. I have a cscan and x-ray coming up in November. I'm praying to Allah that there will be nothing there; that I will be still cancer free. Mashallah!

I finished I'm glad to state that I have knitted every sock in the book. No sub for me either.  I didn't think that I would have kept my Master Baker status, especially thru the chemo. But I did. I have to take a pictures of my last pair of socks. I'm going to have my husband model them.

Here's a picture of all the socks that I've knitted in except the last one - German Stocking:

Monday, June 4, 2012

Being Thankful Today

Alhamdulilahi, my eyebrows have almost completely grown back. I look almost normal again. I feeling very good. I still need to make diet changes and stop eating everything under the sun. But I thank Allah for each day that I have. Each day that I get up at Fadjr and make my prayers; for my husband, who has been so great and who I have leaned, on these past few months and to all the sisters and brothers who have made dua's for me, shukran.

Friday, May 4, 2012


I haven't blog for awhile. Just dropping a little note. I'm doing well, I think. Saw the doctor on 4/17/12. Every thing looked good. C-scan and x-ray were cleared. Doctor stated that if I stay cancer free for the next two years, more then likely the cancer will not come back. Inshallah. I have to see the doctor every three months, with a c-scan done every 6 months.
My hair is growing back. Of course I'm growing grey hairs on my face first. That was one thing I enjoyed about being hairless - no beard (lol).
My diet is not going well. I'm eating everything I shouldn't. I'm going to make out a diet plan and start following it.
All praises due to Allah, for another day!
(I just want to celebrate another day of living! Yay, yay)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

More Tests

Well I had a chest xray- and c-scan done today. Next week I'll see the doctor. Inshallah there will be nothing unusual in the chest x-ray or c-scan.  My doctor is not expecting anything, so hopefully the chemo has work, for now.
Allah is most merciful, and my journey will be uneventful. All praise due......

Monday, April 9, 2012

A parting photo of no eyebrows Karima:

It's a terrible picture, but it's me! Notice yesterday that I don't have a mustache either.


Well my last chemo session was done on 03/27/12. It was the last one. I reacted badly to one of the chemo drugs. Go figure. Never reacted  to any of the drugs till then (about a half an hour before it was all done). I was chilling in my private room at the main hospital. Looking at TV; started to feel a little sick. NO, I couldn't be getting sick. At one point I felt like someone had grab me by both arms and my hips. Yeah I was reacting to the chemo. Call the nurse. The nurse did say the most people  react by the 6th session to crisplatin. They didn't give me the rest of it. I took off the whole week from 04/02/12 to 04/06/12. I needed to rest. During the whole Chemo, I've gone to work. Suffering thru the aches and pains. Since this was the last time(inshallah) I decided to just take a break and rest. It was a good week.
Now the hard work starts. I need to improve my diet, exercise, and all that good stuff. I made some improvement since the operation but not enough to keep me cancer free.

Sunday, February 19, 2012


Day 2 after chemoday my body starts to ache. Day 3 it's a little worse( I really got sick Friday, at work.). But the BIG achy day is the the fourth day after chemoday. The way my schedule is set up, if I have chemo on  Tuesday, I going to be a mess on Saturday. Boy did  my legs hurt, ankles and knees.  Each  session the pain or reactions are different. My feet hurt and are numb. My hands are numb. Numbness in my hands I have been dealing with since the first chemo session. It just seems the the reaction is a little worse each time. I not complaining mind you (yes I am!), but this is annoying. The pain killers don't seem to be working and the decadron that my doctor has me taken for 3 days after chemo does not help the pain. My doctor stated that it was stronger them ibuprofen, but I'm still in pain.

Today is day five and the pain is less. I do expect to be much better tomorrow (day six).
 Mashallah, it could be worse. I do know how my body is going to reaction to the chemo; I'm still able to go to work. I'm just ready for the chemodays to be over. I have two more to go.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Well I'm finding that days after chemodays are always a little different. The first after chemoday #4, I woke up feeling fine. I was a little suspicion of how I felt. I'm not usually sick or anything the day after chemo, but I don't feel the way I did this morning. Now I'm not complaining or anything, (all praises due to Allah) but the last three chemodays, the next day I never  felt this good. Ususally my stomach is upset when I wake up in the morning. Not this morning. Hummm, suspicion!!!! Well guess what, my stomach is upset now. It's been upset since around 3pm. Hummmm. My doctor has given me medication that is suppose to prevent upset stomach and pain. I usually take it twice a day for three days. I took one this morning, like I ususally do; Wwwhy is my stomach upset now? Oh well! I'll get through this.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Well , today was Chemoday #4. I have two chemo sessions to go , and I'll be done (inshallah). So far so good as far as reacting to the chemo drugs. I do have reactions to the chemo.The reactions will run it's course till next wednesday. I'll be fine then.

 I  need to post a picture of my almost no eyebrows self. I should do that before they are completely gone. Every morning I look at myself in the mirror and wonder what's diffent about my face. Hummmm... then I go, Girrrl your eyebrows are almost gone! Mashallah.

When I make Salat, I always pray to Allah that he cures the cancer in me. The other day I realize that what I should be asking for is that Allah keeps me healthy. You know that old quote abour being careful of what you ask for. Allah is most meriful and beneficient, he can cure me of my cancer, but then I could develop a very serious heart problem or something else that would be more deadly then the cancer. Allah is the  God and he knows what's best for me and He knows what I can handle and what I can't. All praises due....

Thursday, January 12, 2012



LOL. I never thought that being bald would be such a interesting condition. As a women, you get all caught up in your hair, but I'm finding that baldness is an interesting sensation all of its own. I'm guessing that men may know what I mean. I mean really, do you think of your head/scalp as being sensitive( yah, I know, but that's only when you're combing your hair and you pull on it!). As muslimah, when you go to make wudu, you wipe your hands over you head. You're really touching your hair and not your scalp. I'm finding the feeling interesting when I wipe my hands over my head (from front to back, then back to front). The sensation of the water touching my scalp (never thought about the temperature when making wudu, now I do); Or taking a shower and washing you head. I'm still growing some hair, so the short stubs when I touch my scalp, are soo sensitive. I'm not having any issues with my scalp. Some people when they go bald because of the chemo, the scalp will hurt or they will have other issues. Alhamdulillah for now I'm good. I am so thankful. Allah is merciful.

In soldarity my husband cut his hair.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012



Shrukan Allah for this day.

Today was chemoday #2. It went pretty much like Chemoday #1. I tolerated the poison dipping into my veins without complied. You know they give you about 4 drugs prior to the actual chemo drugs, just to make sure you don't throw up or have an allergic reaction.
They gave me a private room which was great. They first put me in a room that had three other people in it. I did not like that. They moved me to a private room when the charge nurse notice that one of my cancer drugs took 3 hours to drip. They reserve private rooms for people that are really, really sick I guess. Anywho, I appreciated the private room. Slept thru most of day. I also had to go out to my doctor's main office which is allll the waaaay on the westside. Personal I like the cancer center at the main campus for the hospital which is closer to home. I can take a bus there. The bus drops me off almost in front of building. Oh well, my doctor is only there sometimes, and I have to see the doctor before I can have the chemo. All in all it was a good day. I will have to wait and see what tomorrow brings but today was not a bad day and all praises are due to  Allah for his mercy.