I had an incredible flashback today.

I was speaking with JE, who had her third chemo treatment last week (same protocol I was on) and she is very definitely experiencing things differently than I did. There are commonalities – side effects are the same, just in different levels of severity and timing.

Anyway, JE commented on the insomnia and my brain went “ding” and it flooded back – how insomnia and heartburn were awful and almost instantaneous. And lingering.

I will never be glad that I have this experience and knowledge. I am glad that I can provide validation and support for someone else.

And to share a little more, yes, when I have these memories I am thrown right back to the emotions and then the fear surfaces.