Cancer in the coronavirus crisis: my weekly diary (The Guardian)

Heather Chaney, 49, is a stay-at-home mom from Bellevue, Washington. She was diagnosed with cervical cancer in mid-February 2020, just weeks before the coronavirus outbreak overwhelmed the state. Follow her treatment journey in her weekly diary column.

April 27, 2020

Chemotherapy is weakening my immune system during the coronavirus pandemic

All I can do at the moment is move forward with my treatment for stage two cervical cancer and hope.

April 20, 2020

Chemotherapy during a pandemic is exhausting. And yet I can’t stay asleep

The routine for my cancer treatment was starting to feel almost relaxing. I shouldn’t have got ahead of myself.

April 13, 2020

The anxiety of physical distancing while undergoing chemotherapy

Sometimes I forget what it was like when I could just go out for a drink with my husband or go shopping with my kids.

April 6, 2020

I started chemotherapy in the middle of a pandemic

I want to keep my family safe from a deadly virus. But to survive cancer I have to go to a hospital daily.

March 30, 2020

‘What a terrible time to have cancer’: falling ill during the coronavirus crisis

In the first of her weekly columns, Heather Chaney describes preparing for a course of chemo and radiotherapy that will compromise her immune system.

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