#MyLeftBoob Begins Documentary Filming

wam summer 2013

#MyLeftBoob in happier times, summer of 2013.

Yes, it’s true. My left boob will make its screen debut in a documentary coming soon to a video screen near you. My Left Boob, the documentary, is being filmed, directed and produced by rmedia, a Danbury-based film production company.

I met the owners, Renato and Alicia Ghio, about 3-4 years ago at a show where Renato’s band, Mighty Ploughboys, was playing at a local club. But we actually met before, about 22 years ago, when his old band, Vitamin F, and my band Leadfoot, played together in CT during the early 90s grunge days. I think I did a backbend on stage that night and offended quite a few people, but that’s a tale for another time.

The story of my left boob is one we will be telling together and I was so excited and happy when Renato and his wife Alicia agreed to take on this project. I didn’t want to work with strangers on something so personal and so important. ย Already they have been so kind and caring and have made me feel completely comfortable talking about this very emotional topic.

We began filming last Thursday, bringing viewers up to date since the day I found the lump while dying my red hair. Ironically, later that day we filmed at my sister’s salon, Salon Kamala, while she cut my hair super short in preparation for chemo which begins this Thursday, April 9.ย It was more emotional to talk about getting my hair cut on film then actually going to get it done. Becky did a great job and I’ve already been compared to a cool video game character, Bayonetta.

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bayonetta

Today I go in for one-day surgery to have a port placed in my chest to help with chemotherapy treatments. Since the lumpectomy was done on my left side, I can never have my blood pressure or blood drawn from my left arm. With all the times they will have to take blood to check my red and white blood cell counts and insert IVs over the next 4-6 months, the port placement will save my veins and arms from abuse.

For those of you like me who had never heard of this before, a port is a small metal disc about the size of a quarter that sits just under the skin. A catheter connects the port to a vein where chemotherapy medicines are given through a needle that fits into the port.

I would be lying if I said I was not a little bit nervous about getting this procedure done. Before the lumpectomy, I had never had surgery in my life. Yes. I’ve had 3 kids but surgery is different- going under. I had an allergic reaction while under sedation last time so yes, I am nervous. But I know I am in good hands.

I’m more nervous about getting the chemotherapy drugs this Thursday because of my many allergies. As I’ve said throughout this journey so far, it seems the waiting is the hardest part. The not knowing what to expect or how I will react. But I get over each bump in the road and keep moving forward with courage, faith, a positive attitude, and love and support from everyone who has stuck with me throughout this battle.

We’re not allowed to film in the hospital due to privacy issues but we plan on filming more this week and we’ll post online as soon as the trailer is complete. In the meantime, please like/follow My Left Boob, the documentary here:

My Left Boob Facebook

My Left Boob Twitter@MyeftBoob1

Website coming soon!

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