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Quote Dim_Lightbulb Replybullet Topic: Post-chemotherapy suspension
    Posted: February/10/2015 at 6:38pm
I will be having my last round of chemotherapy on Feb. 16th, and was wanting to celebrate by doing a crucifix suspension with the possibility of a cut-down into a suicide ('cause... y'know... the whole death-and-rebirth thing). I am shooting for the 8th of March for this suspension. Does anyone know how chemotherapy affects the skin's strength in regards to suspension? How long to wait post-chemo before suspending? I'm planning to talk to my doctor about this in the next couple of weeks, and am fully anticipating the look of horror on her face. Any experience with this would be helpful.
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Quote evalution Replybullet Posted: February/10/2015 at 10:50pm
I can't help from personal experience, and this place is getting pretty dead. I recommend checking out this group on facebook:
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Quote Dim_Lightbulb Replybullet Posted: February/10/2015 at 11:14pm
Thanks. I haven't been on here in a while. Thought I'd give it a shot.
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Quote Stormchaser Replybullet Posted: February/11/2015 at 1:14pm
It depends, what the chemotherapy did. If it did not affect the skin and the connective tissue, then it should work with Little Problems. Also you have quite some time between last chemo and the suspension, that helps safety...
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Quote Adam Replybullet Posted: February/12/2015 at 1:33pm
Dont' forget that more than just the strength of your skin, you want to make sure the strength of your body and mind are ready too. That's a lot of stress to go under. Hang safe!

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Quote Stormchaser Replybullet Posted: February/12/2015 at 8:36pm
If you feel you have a weak circulatory system, then you shel be careful. Blacking out during suspension happens to many, many people! Maybe also montor yourself - how painresistent are you (if the chemo made you sensible, be aware, that a suspension does hurt).

If you want to improve chances for a really nice suspension experience you might consider other suspensions than crucifix or suicide. I personally prefer angel or superman a lot, less weight per hook = less pain = much more comfortable suspension, while you will experience the flying feeling. And lying horizontally greatly reduces the risc of any black-out.

My first suspension also was a suicide one. Quite OK, Good weird flying feeling. But uncomfortable, like some... shadow over the experience. Still good, but a month later I went for the superman, and that was mind blasting. And the same when I first tried an angel. The so much better distribution of the weight allows to fly pain free, comfortable... (Edit: be aware, the piercing process, and the pulling till you are up in the air still quite hurts)

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Quote Dim_Lightbulb Replybullet Posted: February/13/2015 at 12:57am
Stormchaser: My first suspension was a Superman, and my second was a lotus. I've learned that my back doesn't hurt nearly as bad as my calves, lol. I'd been wanting to try a crucifix for a few years now, but various time constraints, transportation and financial issues, and health problems have kept me from making it a reality.

I have a pretty high threshold for pain. The shit I've gone through in the past year has even pushed THAT to the limit. I've been gutted like a fish (44 staples from sternum to past my navel after having my spleen and part of my pancreas removed in July), gone through months of excruciating pain resulting from acid reflux and nerve pain in my back and abdomen from swollen lymph nodes. I just finished detoxing from the morphine I've been on for the past five months. In comparison, the pain from a suspension seems like pretty small potatoes. More importantly, it's pain I have some control over.

In short: Pain isn't really the issue.



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Quote Dim_Lightbulb Replybullet Posted: February/13/2015 at 1:16am
Originally posted by adam

Dont' forget that more than just the strength of your skin, you want to make sure the strength of your body and mind are ready too. That's a lot of stress to go under. Hang safe!

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Duly noted. My mind is ready for this. It's hard to describe, but I feel that this will be both a sort of transition back into a world with which I am familiar, and a way to reconnect with my body. It's been doing these strange, unexplained things for so long, that I've almost forgotten what "normal" feels like. This is somewhat familiar territory, and I can have some say so as to when it starts and stops. It also has a deeply spiritual meaning for me.

As for being bodily ready for this, I'll know better where I am with that as the date gets closer. At the moment, I feel better than I've felt in a while. I'm pretty good about listening to my body, though, and if it's telling me it ain't gonna happen... well, it just ain't gonna happen. My hope is that I'll be recovered enough from Monday's treatment by then to hang. Historically, the chemo hasn't knocked me down too badly. Fingers crossed...

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