Guess what?? As of yesterday, I am DONE with chemo! As leary as I am about saying this as if it's official... this is the closest I have been to officially being finished with chemotherapy.
For any of you reading this that may be new, or in case you need a refresher, I thought I had completed my chemo way back on May 11th. Thought surgery was the next course of action in my treatment. Not so. After finishing that first regimen, I went for an MRI. My original tumor had shrunk down to nearly being invisible, but I still had involvement in that single, pesky internal mammary lymph node. My case was revisited by a group of doctors at a cancer conference, and my surgeon and oncologist decided it best I continue with the next chemo treatment outlined for me.
Everyone was unanimous in believing it would be a crime to quit while I was ahead. My body was handling the treatment and responding well to it. And, although I didn't know it 100% at the time, this second go with the chemo was planned for me from the start. I had just expected it to be post-surgery and accompanied by my radiation.
So at this point in time, I have just completed my 12th and final infusion of Taxol. That was 3 months of going weekly for treatment. Grand total of chemo I have endured is 16 treatments. Fun times. ;) Haha.
|Chemo #16 and 12/12 of Taxol. Guess how many are left? GOOSE EGG!|
If I can close this chapter of my treatment, I think I will be over the moon. I need the break both mentally and physically. I have such a profound amount of admiration and respect for anyone who must go through chemo for longer than I have. The people who go for years? Seriously, I don't know how they do it. Who knows though. If I had to do it, I'm sure I could muster the strength too... but only with a little help from a holy fellow named Jesus. Hehe
I will have more info next Thursday on what is happening for me next, but as I have said before, it will likely be a whole lot of rinse and repeat. MRI or PET scan. Wait for results, then make appointment to see my breast surgeon. Get his word and go from there. That's all the peering into the near future I'd like to do right now.
|Final bag o' chemo!|
I'm in some kind of elated sense of shock that my chemotherapy may be done. It's been my life since the end of March, so I'm waiting for it all to sink in.
Time for another rewind to earlier in the week. This past Monday, my SIL Marylou and our friend Denise (who make up Team Anj for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day in San Diego) held their first fundraiser. Tacos for Ta-tas! It was held at a Rubio's, and everyone who brought a flyer for it and made a purchase had a portion of the proceeds donated to the team.
I was happy the hubby and I were able to attend, because it was very touching to see all the people who are supporting us. So many people I had never even met and some people who have known me since I was a child. Heck, even my longtime close friend Mike, of whom I hadn't seen in probably a solid decade, stopped by after a long day at work to donate!! Definitely melted my heart to be surrounded by all my loved ones along with these other compassionate supporters.
So, seriously... God bless all of you who donated. God bless all of you who showed up. And a huge thank you to Marylou and Denise for doing it! It was a great turn out, and it once again helped renew my will to fight. I simply refuse to let down the Lord, myself, or any of my supporters.
|Lovely Marylou & Denise along with myself & all my family at Tacos for Ta-tas!|
If any of you reading this would be interested in to donating, please visit the Team Anj site. All proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen foundation which is completely dedicated to the fight against breast cancer all across the world. They help save lives of breast cancer patients and aid in funding for finding a cure.
You'd think I would have more to say this week, but that's all I've got for now! :)
Please keep those prayers coming as they've absolutely helped, and I know I'll be needing them for this next leg of my battle. I'll be posting next week when I have more info to share.
In the meantime, God bless you all and have a splendid weekend!
' Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear… Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” ' Luke 12:22-25