. Today I had my LAST treatment! I am officially Cancer FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fierce helped me ring the bell. Everyone gets a kick out of him because he claps his hands every time someone rings the bell. He gets so excited! Before I left, the staff gave me a card and a pin, the radiation technicians… Continue reading Last Day & Cancer Free
I am 2/3rds done with radiation therapy! Overall, I am doing well. If I am tired, I just take a nap when Fierce goes down, but it really is not that bad. My skin is getting pinker, especially by my clavicle. I had forgotten they were radiating that far up and hadn't been putting any… Continue reading Radiation: 20 Down and 10 to Go!
Let's just start by saying that the nurses are AMAZING! Fierce lights up when he sees them. Cynthia, Anita & Tina spoiled him with tons of attention today. ShauntA bought him a Christmas present and LaMont gave him a Joy Jar filled to the brim with little stuffed animals and such. Besides a bit of… Continue reading Radiation Count: 10 Down, 20 to go!
Today was my first day of radiation and it went great! I was shown the routine and dropped Fierce off with a nurse. Then, they lined me up with the machine so that I am positioned the same way every time I get a treatment. When the machine started, I thought to myself "Oh crap,… Continue reading Radiation: 1 Down 29 to go!
I was soooo excited for surgery. In and out, a one day deal-this was going to be the easy part of the 3 step process. Ya, about that. I woke up and found out they had to remove 11 lymph nodes because the chemo didn’t take care of all of the cancer in the affected,… Continue reading Surgery and planning for Radiation
Thank you to the doctors, nurses and volunteers who helped me through these last few weeks of chemotherapy here in St. Louis. The best treatment day I had, Jeanne from the Botanical Gardens brought in all different types of flowers and plants for us to make our own bouquets. Each plant was picked for its… Continue reading The End of a Chapter: Last Days of Chemotherapy
I closed the door to our apartment with my hands full, got Fierce in the stroller to go for a walk around the lake and realized I forgot my scarf…ugh. Oh well, skip it. Fighting off a little self consciousness and a smidge of regret I strolled on and it was awesome. I felt the… Continue reading Taxol…Only 1 month to go!
We are settling into St. Louis. We actually live just across the state line in O'Fallon, IL. Apartment living is like camping for now. The mattress is on the floor in our room and Fierce is using his pack 'n play. The really neat part is that the minute you walk out your door all… Continue reading Halfway Through Taxol
This week I wanted to get my focus off of the anticipation of nausea as I received chemotherapy. I asked my friends and family for their prayer requests so I could focus on God and others. I may be a wounded warrior, but I am dedicated to taking back for God more than has been… Continue reading Chemo Round 4
Sitting there getting pumped full of life saving chemicals was making me nauseous, which is physically impossible because of the anti-nausea drugs. I realized my brain was warning me "THIS IS WHAT MAKES YOU SICK!" Alright, so the mental battle has begun. I decided to get my mind on something else so I turned on… Continue reading Chemo Round 3