I’m writing this as I sit receiving my FINAL Chemo Treatment!!!! To be honest, this day has come much faster than I expected it to. When I started the chemo process and knew I had 16 treatments over the course of 5 months ahead of me, it seemed like a fairly long road. But, it has gone by so quickly, I can hardly believe that I am already here.
I wondered what type of summer I would have. Would I be able to enjoy my garden and being outside with my boys. For the most part, it was a remakably normal summer. I had to watch how much time I was in the sun, and the heat definitely took my energy out of me, but otherwise, it was fine. I have been blessed to not have a lot of side effects from the chemo, and the ones I do have, were mild. Yes, I was bald for most of the summer, but even it has it’s advantages. As the weather started to cool down, I was able to drive with the windows open and actually enjoy it! (Before, my long hair always blew into my face or ended up a tangled mess so I didn’t like having the windows down).
I still have more of the cancer journey road before me, namely surgery in about a month. While I ma not looking forward to the pain of recovering from such a major surgery, I know that I will get through it relying on my faith, my family and my friends through that time.
I know this sounds completely crazy but I have told people that in some ways, I am going to miss my Monday mornings chilling out in the chemo chair typing away on the computer, watching TV, or reading. Of course. I will have plenty of time for those things in a month while I recover from surgery.
I also want to take a moment to brag about the absolutely amazing nurses at John Stoddard Chemo Treatment center. These gals have been amazing. They are always in such a good mood, and sometimes they aren’t dealing with people who feel all that great. From my very first time at the center receiving treatment as they walked me through the process all the way up to now when I’ll miss seeing their friendly faces.
As for how I’m feeling - for the most part, I feel great! I get tired more easily, and I have some numbness in the bottoms of my feet. But compared to what I could have, these are very mild. I have been so blessed by God to have the strength and health to withstand the chemo’s effects on my body.
This won’t be the end of this blog though. I still have quite a bit more in this journey and I assure you, you’ll hear more about the struggles of fighting cancer.
My hair is starting to grow back, the sides are coming in well, but the top is still pretty bare looking! With my chemo ending though, I am sure that it won’t be long and I’ll be having to decide what hairstyle to wear my hair in (and what color to dye it!) again. I look forward to that day.
Thank you to all the nurses, the family, friends, and prayer warriors out there who have been there for me throughout this process. I appreciate the continued prayers as I move on to the next phase of my healing.