Just a quick post from sunny Texas!

Here on vacation with the boy and his missus who are awesome hosts as always.   The weather has been gorgeous! I was worried that my chemopause would make the heat unbearable but that hasn’t been the case.  It was only really hot one day and by evening was beautiful.  Apparently there is a Nor’Easter brewing at home. So sorry to be missing it.

I dutifully wore the compression sleeve while flying and had no problems at all. Maybe I wouldn’t have anyway, but why risk it? I’ll wear it on the flight home as well.

I am now able to cross one more thing off my bucket list. I got my tattoo on 6th Street in Austin on Monday.  I used a very scientific method to choose the parlor/artist. I picked the building with the friendliest looking storefront.  It was amazingly clean and bright.  I’m not sure what I expected but I felt like the whole process was more sterile than my medical treatment at times. The artist, David, was covered in tattoos and piercings (of course) as was the rest of the staff.  He was great, explaining every step, offering to stop if it hurt too much, and fast!  He sent me off with better skin care instructions than my radiation oncologist. Go figure! Just goes to show you should never judge someone by their choice of body art.  If you are ever in the Austin area, looking to get some ink (doesn’t that sound badass?) visit Affinity Tattoo and ask for David.  He won’t even question the fact that you are a 50 year old conservatively dressed woman with her husband and son along for support getting your first tat. No judgment.

p.s. it really didn’t hurt. It didn’t feel good, mind you, but I wouldn’t call it painful.  Maybe biopsies and endless needle sticks have desensitized me to pain or maybe I was just too excited to be getting the tattoo but it wasn’t bad at all!

As for the rest of the bucket list.. I’m working on it and while my bucket list isn’t all that long, my fuckit list grows daily.

Check out the chemo curls!  Still not long enough in the front to cut and style, but it’s getting there!

I went with the forget-me-nots. The skin looks angry and red, but that didn’t last long at all and it looks great now! Didn’t he do a great job?



  1. Susan · November 8, 2012

    Woo hoo the Tat looks awesome! Love your curls! Great post. Makes me feel bad have not posted in a while. Got to get on it. Go Girl!


  2. Lori · November 8, 2012

    Welcome to Texas! The tattoo and the new hair is beautiful. I still haven’t got mine yet, but you’ve inspired me to get’r’done. 🙂


  3. The Blue Folder · November 8, 2012

    Love your wit! So glad you picked Myosotis (Forget me nots) in memory of your sister. Love the term Chemopuse! Hang tough


  4. hopeforheather · November 8, 2012

    The Tattoo looks great! And your hair is darling too. 🙂


  5. Karen · November 8, 2012

    Looks Great Susan! Don’t you love Austin? Glad you hare having a good trip. Had dinner with your Mom last night.


    • mainelyhopeful · November 9, 2012

      Thanks Karen. She mentioned she was having dinner with you girls when I talked to her earlier 🙂


  6. bornbyariver · November 9, 2012

    beautiful curls, beautiful tat… beauty all around!


  7. valerianfields · November 9, 2012

    It’s gorgeous. My son lives in Austin and I want a second tattoo. Now I know where to go! Not sure if I’m adding it to my bucket list or fucket list. Love, love, love that. Reading it makes me want to begin that list right now. 🙂


  8. tinajuvonen · November 9, 2012

    Good for you, it looks great.


  9. rachturner · November 9, 2012

    That is beautiful!! Good for you!


  10. eddiesandcurrents · November 10, 2012

    Love the tattoo! I’m glad it was a good experience. And OF COURSE you got better skin care instructions from the tattoo artist than an M.D. At least the MDs are (mostly) in your rear view mirror.


    • mainelyhopeful · November 13, 2012

      Of course. Now if I can just get the medical personnel to stop trying to give me advice about my hair.. 😉


  11. Patricia · November 10, 2012

    It is beautiful, and so are you!


  12. The Presents of Presence · November 12, 2012

    So lovely…so proud of you! xoxo


  13. Shaunna · November 13, 2012

    The tattoo is AWESOME! I have been prepping my husband (who is so against me getting one) that I was getting one to commemorate my 5 year survival……only 1 1/2 years to go! Congratulations…..


    • mainelyhopeful · November 13, 2012

      What are you going to get? And congrats on being so close to the 5 year mark!


      • Shaunna · November 14, 2012

        I want the word Imagine somewhere on my body…was thinking the top of the foot, but heard that it hurts, as it is so close to the bone.


      • mainelyhopeful · November 14, 2012

        Yeah, that would hurt. I love the idea though!


  14. lightscanceraction · November 13, 2012

    So glad you had a great trip! And congrats on the tattoo!


  15. Tracy · November 14, 2012

    I love it! And I’m taking your lead, I’m going to work up a fuckit list too 🙂


  16. Marie · November 15, 2012

    I am not normally a tattoo lover, but I have to say the forget me nots are really pretty.. I loved reading this post 🙂


  17. bgillen · November 18, 2012

    You rock! Love the Tattoo.


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