Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Done with Chemo

Chemo number 8 is done! I had to go see the doctor yesterday and have my lab work done because she was teaching a mentor class for a while this morning. It was weird to just go in and get started with the drugs rather than the normal pattern. My port was being fussy again so I had to be reclined for the whole thing. It's not too bad except the benadryl they give me makes me sleepy and it's hard to eat and drink when you are reclined. I already have surgery scheduled for April 23 to complete my reconstruction and to have my port removed. I honestly can't wait to have it out! My parents brought in Dutch Bro's for the nurses, and we had chocolate cake to celebrate my last chemo. It was fun and hopefully it blessed their day as they have blessed many of mine.

There are so many people who have taken great care of me through out the past several months. Of course my parents are a huge one. They cried with me when I found out and then we went to work formulating a plan to beat that nasty cancer. My mom has spent hours researching all sorts of stuff, and we are eating healthier than ever before. My dad has given me a lot of extra help outside, feeding Roz on evenings where I don't feel up to going outside. Those are just a few examples of all that they have done for me.

My family, extended family, and church family has been a great support over these past several months showing their love and care for me and my family. My sister in law, Holly, came to all of my appointments in the beginning as we were finding out what exactly we were dealing with and trying to formulate a plan and my grandparents met up with us at the clinic several times.

Tarra and April rode Chevy for me for a month, and that was huge! Kellie sat with me through 7 out of 8 chemo treatments and Tarra visited me on the one Kellie didn't. My parents also traded "Chemo sitting duties." 4 hours sitting around getting chemo is not my idea of fun but they made it fun by visiting with me. We schemed up great horse plans, plans for a beautiful farm to buy, and just had a lot of fun. Lindsey made my a paper chain to countdown the weeks until the completion of chemo and I finished that off tonight.

Then I need to thank all of the wonderful people that prayed for me, sent me card, hats, notes on facebook or paused an extra minute to give me a hug. I so appreciate all of those little encouragements. Plus all of the ladies who gave me a "hat party" to boost my hat selection (which previously consisted of about 2 hats).

My work has been amazing about this whole thing, and I can't thank all of my co-workers enough.

I'm sure there are things and people that I am leaving out but know that I appreciate all of the love and support I have received. You all helped me make it through this adventure and come out smiling. I'm also thankful that God is with us and provided me with peace through out this experience. My final verse on my paper chain tonight was this:

"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall; But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:28-31

A yummy chocolate cake made by my friend Carol, at Roth's. 
My brother, Ryan, stopped by to celebrate with me. 
Lindsey and Koa came to say "hi"
Kellie and I after 14 long weeks of chemo!
My excellent, encouraging oncologist,  Dr. Boric.  
My lovely grandparents who came in to cheer me on. My Grandpa went through surgery and chemo for colon cancer almost 10 years ago and he is doing great! 
My sweet parents
The amazing nurses! It you want a job serving people being a nurse could be the job for you.


After chemo today my mom and I worked out at Curves before I headed home to change and head up to NDF. Tarra didn't have time to ride Mystic today and offered him to me. We had an excellent ride and it was really nice to be back out at the barn. Tarra has done an excellent job with Mystic and he is well trained and super willing. Talk about a nice combo! 

Last night, I met up with my cousin for dinner. We went to Chinese food and I had 2 fortune cookies. 
1) An investment opportunity will be profitable for you- I sure like the sound of that considering I have pony I want to buy! 
2) You will soon be involved in many gatherings and parties- This is totally true, as we had one today plus my birthday is next week! 

P.S. This is really a rambling post, so if you read the whole thing, I'm impressed! 

8 comments:

  1. I read it all!

    I am so happy for you! Well done on getting through the chemo.

    You look just like your mum!

    :)

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  2. I read it all! So happy that you're chemo is over! Well done!

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  3. Congratulations I am so happy for you! So wonderful that you have all those people supporting and encouraging you. You are an inspiration!

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  4. I can hardly believe all that has happened in the last six months. Feels like I was on the beach getting your text with the shocking news just yesterday, but here you are. On the other side of the hardest part of treatment. PRAISE GOD. And now, there is no more chemo between you and: your farm, Cardi baby, growing your hair back ;) , this year's show season, IRELAND or the many other adventures coming your way. Your post and thinking about all of the great things to come are bringing me a lot of joy today! Love you, friend.

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  5. Oh - and I think we look pretty good after 14 long weeks of chemo! :)

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  6. So happy for you. Seems like you have some wonderful people in your life! :)

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  7. Wow! It must feel so great to finally be finished. Glad you had so many kind supporters!! It makes everything a whole easier.

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  8. Once again I am playing Sunday catch up with posts that were posted, uh, over a week ago! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Thanks to you I got another ultrasound scheduled on mine. You are a total inspiration!

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