Glynis describes how chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer affected her immune system.
Chemotherapy was very, very tough on my immune system. When you’re going through chemotherapy it basically, you have no immune system. It breaks down immunity and any defense that you have against disease. That’s why it’s very, very important, when you go out in public, to protect yourself.
I didn’t become a hermit because I was going through chemotherapy, but I was smart enough to wear a mask when I went out in public and the vanity, basically for me, went out of the window because I knew that I was doing these things to protect myself. I didn’t care if people looked at me a little strange in the mall because I was walking around with a mask on.
It’s medically necessary to protect yourself because you have no immune system when you’re going through chemotherapy. As a matter of fact, when I went through chemotherapy, I was diagnosed with pneumonia, and I stayed in the hospital for 13 days battling pneumonia.
Pneumonia is a very dangerous thing on its own, but when you’re going through chemotherapy, and you have no immune system, it’s especially dangerous. So I learned my lesson after that and again vanity went out of the window. You have to protect yourself. I had to separate myself sometimes from my husband and my child. She was going to day care. Day care is a vessel for disease and, you know, colds and all that kind of stuff. But you just really have to protect yourself because your immune system is basically gone.
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