You know cancer is going to be shit and cancer treatment is going to be even more shit. But it's the unexpected barriers that really throw you.
A port put under the skin in my bicep last week for future chemo administration, is surrounded by an enormous clot. The good news - the port likely still works so it won't have to be removed. The bad news - its swollen and hurts, feels a bit like dead weight, and I now take blood thinner injections daily for the next 3 months.
I have this little medical voice inside my head which tells me when things are going south but I don't always fully listen to it. This was one of those times. The signs just weren't that obvious and clear. I was worried about my clot risk and considered doing something preventative (low dose aspirin - despite lack of evidence) but never did.