Tomorrow will be my last chemo treatment! I’ve ordered a chocolate chip cookie cake from Publix to take to the doctor’s office…the nurses and everyone there have been great, and I want to celebrate!
I’m hoping I won’t need another Neulasta shot, but it’s nice to know this will be the last treatment. My hair will start to grow back, I can paint my nails again, and hopefully this cough will go away since one of the things I lost is my nose hair! (They don’t tell you that one.)
I’ve learned that you can get very chilled if the back of your neck isn’t covered, so at work I try to wear scarves that drape down my back. I’ve learned it’s nice to have crafty friends, since I’ve gotten a handmade quilt and lovely knitted hats. I’ve had friends who’ve asked if they can wear a pink bracelet or mention me when they go to run in a Race for the Cure event. I’ve learned from my Pink Ribbon Ladies support group that breast cancer survivors are a bunch of tough broads who know EXACTLY what you’re going through. I’ve learned I can lay in bed and rest and not feel guilty for being “lazy.” Throughout the chemo, I’ve missed very little work (just what I’ve needed to take off for the treatments) and I’ve hit the gym when I can. I’ve tried to keep the cancer as a thing that’s happening, not the center of my universe.
Cancer has taught me not to sweat the small stuff. Irritations at work that used to send me around the bend elicit nothing more than a “meh” now. I have more important things to worry about.
I’ve learned that cancer, caught early enough, is nothing more than a chapter in your life. Last night I watched Living Proof on Lifetime (and I never watch Lifetime!) The movie is about Dr. Dennis Slamon, the researcher who discovered Herceptin, which targets and treats Her-2 positive tumors. This amazing breakthrough happened only 10 years ago! Who knows what they’ll come up with in the next 10 years!
Next I have radiation, but I don’t know when I’ll start that. But Phase 2 is done, moving on the Phase 3!
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