Audrey is a brave breast cancer survivor who lives in the UK and runs a YouTube channel called cancerwithasmile. On her channel, she shares all sorts of videos about her life with breast cancer, from her diagnosis story to her latest treatments and how they’ve affected her body and her life.
Most recently, Audrey has begun taking Zoladex injections to stop her ovaries from producing estrogen, which will help keep her cancer from coming back.
One of the coolest things about Audrey is that she’s taken her treatment into her own hands—literally! Rather than travel to see her doctor once a month for injections, she does them on her own at home and uses a special cream to numb the area. The type Audrey uses is called EMLA cream, and she puts it on a couple of hours before she’s planning on administering an injection.
Happily, this cream can be used not only at home but also if you go to your doctor for injections of any kind. It can be used prior to hormone injections, chemotherapy injections, when your doctor fills your expanders, or even if you’re getting a tattoo. Injections don’t have to be super painful!
Want to know how it’s done? You’re in luck. In the video below, Audrey demonstrates all the steps to putting EMLA cream on properly prior to an injection. She’ll talk about where to buy EMLA cream, how much it costs, how much to use, how to apply it using a Tegaderm™ dressing, and how long to leave it on.
This woman is amazingly brave and stylish and positive and all the awesome things everyone wants to be. We’re happy to take a page from her book anytime. Check out her tips below!
Thank you, Audrey, for showing the world that injections don’t have to be as difficult and painful as many of us think they do. And thank you for sharing your story!
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