A milestone was reached today...and I wasn't even sure I was going to reach it yet! I finished my last chemo treatment!
I've been fighting a sore throat since Sunday afternoon. I think a little miracle happened! Here is the power of prayer. A sore throat is usually visually indicated by at least one of three things. White patches, redness or swelling. I was at the point where swallowing was painful! And yet, every time my throat was checked, there was no visual indications that I was fighting anything! So, your prayers, Mass and a blessing from a first class relic of St. Theresa of Jesus worked and I was able to take my last chemo today!!!!
I've been asked a couple times today how I feel and to be honest...I don't think it has fully sunk in yet! This is a huge step towards recovery but I also acknowledge it is but one step. I'm totally psyched that it has finally arrived, don't get me wrong! But there is still a long road ahead and more fighting to do. The icky recovery of the first week after chemo. The long recovery from chemo and even some more recovery I couldn't fully do from my surgery. Also, the continued fight and appointments to do everything we can for it not to come back! That's a life long project. But if I can make it through this...I can make it through anything!
I'm going to share some pictures I've been plastering on Facebook. They are from today and include some of the people who have helped me through all of this.
One is with three of my awesome, amazing, loving, caring and dedicated nurses! Without these women, and many more like them at the Cancer Center and hospital, these past months would have been completely unbearable! You guys always make me feel better, lower my anxiety and build me up to be able to fight as hard as I can! Love you all!! I'll be coming back to visit for years to come!
Another photo is of me and Dr. Ron. I have many doctors and each is important. I was allowed to take my chemo MUCH closer to home and after my 2nd chemo, Dr. Ron took over as my supervising oncologist. His regular check ups, kind frankness, encouragement and honesty were always helpful in building up my confidence!
A very big THANK YOU and I LOVE YOU goes out to my brother Chris and and my sister-in-law Margo! From literally day one of this whole ordeal they have both been there for me. From kneeling next to me on my kitchen floor to leaving work to meet me at the ER to holding my hand and making me laugh through two surgeries to helping me through the trauma of losing my hair and being there with love and support through all the chemo! Today they surprised me by coming to my last chemo and hanging out with me!!! They pulled me out of my Benadryl haze and made me laugh! That visit meant so much to me as well as everything they have done for me! I love you guys!
Another picture is of me and my mom. I'm saving a separate blog about my parents though. That will come after I've gotten up out of this chemo:). Rest assured though, without them, I would be a total wreck!
I'm done with chemo but the fight goes on. If I can make it through this part though, I can make it through anything! I have a request of you. Reach out to the cancer community around you and be there for someone going through this horrible thing. The physical connection in friendship is important to recovery! I know that is going to be a big part of my future!