Following a visit from our friends in Italy and the generosity of our friends from Stoke who laid on a 1970’s themed NYE I had a few days to get things together and start to prepare for going back to school.
Our lovely head of HR had visited and we had a plan for a phased return. To begin with I’d be teaching my year 11 and year 13 only and over the next few weeks I’d pick up more classes. I was to come in late and go home early, I was not to do duties and not to lift anything, not to attend all meetings only those I decided were most important. Most of my classes were on the ground floor but those which weren’t would require me to take all my kit in a trolley – this was provided by school, a rather lurid lilac and green which would be difficult to miss. We changed our entire timetable at the end of January and this was my signal for coming back to work full time – it made sense as it was M-day + 12 weeks.
I had started back at the Life Centre and begun spin classes again… I could do them but not at the same rate and pace as previously. That didn’t matter as I knew I would get back to my previous fitness. By the end of January I took part in a sponsored spin for the Plymouth Ladies Charity Club and raised about £150 by spinning to 1980’s tunes whilst wearing a tutu and beads – not my usual spin look. I felt that I was back on track – but appearances can be deceiving.
I’d been on Letrozole for about a month and the effects of it were starting to kick in.
Tip: If you are struggling with the medication tell the Breast Care Team – there are usually alternatives which you can try until you find something which you tolerate better. Remember the bigger picture – the aim is to keep the cancer away.