So……it’s been awhile since I’ve posted……my apologies…..but between life/exhaustion/work/rest/repeat……well, it just hasn’t happened. And this dang time change – who’s bright idea was this anyway? I am sooooo not a fan. I literally want to come home, put on my PJ’s and do NOTHING!!! Full disclosure: I’ve done quite a bit of NOTHING over the past few weeks!
Since my last post – I’ve checked off 2 chemo treatments (#10 and #11)! Hallelujah! I am so close to the chemo finish line! I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. When I went for treatment yesterday – I actually got in and out in record time! Once I get in the infusion room – they get my vitals and give me some compazine. Then I have to wait 30 minutes for the compazine to get in my system. Every other time we’ve had to wait extra time for the Abraxane to be delivered to the infusion room. I’ve learned that the Abraxane has to be thawed out before they deliver it…….and even though they know I’m coming for treatment, they don’t start thawing it out until they get the ok from the doctor or the charge nurse that my blood work is okay for me to receive treatment. Yesterday everything went like clock work. The chemo was delivered timely and 30 minutes later we were headed out the door! What a blessing. It was only fair that my shortest day happen yesterday. It was sort of a balancing act. The last time my friend Pat took me to treatment – I ended up having to have an emergency CT scan and had to hang around MUCH longer than originally planned. How fitting that Pat took me again yesterday, and we got to record the fastest get away yet!
It’s kinda weird to think that next Wednesday should be my last treatment. In some ways – it seems like it has taken FOREVER to get to this point……and then in some ways time seems to have passed faster than I imagined. My very first treatment was on June 28th…..and my last (hopefully) will be next Wednesday November 15th. Just a few days shy of 5 months since chemo started and a little over 6 months since my first diagnosis. God has been awfully good to me – as well as my family, friends and community. I could NEVER have done this without the support of all of them.
Sunday I celebrated my 51st birthday. It was a pretty low-key day. We went to church and I came home and hung out on the couch ALL day resting up. Then we celebrated with a birthday dinner at the Old Country Club with my family. I’ve never been one to dread birthdays or have issues with getting older – but this year…….I was absolutely thrilled to be able to add another candle to my cake! Here’s what I posted on my Facebook page in regards to my birthday!
Thank you all so very much for the wonderful birthday wishes! I’m always thankful to log another year around the sun……but this year definitely more than ever before! For all the drama that social media can create…..Facebook is a wonderful thing on days like today! Getting birthday wishes ALL day from new and old friends and those near and far! I am thankful for each and every one of you and I appreciate you taking time out of your day to send me well wishes! It was a perfect day……church with my fellas……and a wonderful relaxing afternoon spent resting on the couch with full control of the TV remote!😂 📺 and dinner with the family at Old Country Club! While this has been an unforgettable year in many ways……it has not been all bad. I’ve learned some very valuable lessons. I have learned to lean on God more than ever before and realized that I’m blessed beyond measure with friends, family, church and community that have walked with me through this challenging year! I’ve learned that God puts the right folks in your life at just the right times! I’ve learned to truly 🛑STOP smell the roses 🌹 and not to sweat the small stuff! This year hasn’t been all fairy dust and unicorns 🦄 but there have been many hidden and unexpected blessings even on the worst days! I know that I could not have survived this year without my faith and the good Lord and wonderful Christian friends and family. Of that I am certain. And if any of you reading this don’t know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior…..I beg you to get to know Him! Ask me…..ask a friend….a pastor…..but if you don’t know Him, please make it a priority! You will never regret getting to know Him…..but you will regret it if you DONT! Amen!
Thanks again for all the birthday wishes! I’m blessed to be here for sure and I’m looking forward to a healthier 2018! Blessings to all of you! 💕💕🙏🏼🙏🏼💕
Folks continue to extend kindness to my family in so many ways. That kindness the past few days has come in the way of FOOD! Yesterday I had a scrumptious cake delivered to me and it’s been frozen to save for Thanksgiving. Yeah, I’ll be nice and share it with my ENTIRE family for Thanksgiving. Trust me though – it was VERY difficult NOT to cut into that cake yesterday!!! 🙂 Then last night I get a text from a neighbor asking if I’d like some chicken soup. With this yucky rainy weather we’ve been having – that sounded perfect. Of course I said YES very quickly…….and they made sure to deliver it to me this morning as I made my way to the bus stop! Can’t beat that! Then today another neighbor texts and says “when are we going out for dinner to celebrate your birthday?” I responded “tonight would be GREAT!” and we got picked up promptly and treated to dinner. Oh……and I can’t forget the Krispy Kreme doughnuts! Folks have been soooo good to us – and I am positive that I will never be able to thank them properly. I just hope they know that we have appreciated every single act of kindness shown to us over the past 6 months. Whether it was a phone call, prayers, cards, texts, visit, gifts, meals, transportation for me or helping get Hunter here and there……we have been thankful for ALL that’s been done for us. There truly are Angels among us!
So it’s my hope that the next post I make will be one CELEBRATING that chemo is complete. Stay tuned because this girl has rounded third and is heading home!
Philippians 3:12-16 The Message (MSG)
Focused on the Goal
12-14 I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.
15-16 So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.