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It’s been a LONG 4 1/2 months of chemo.

But here I am, the night before my last chemo.  I can’t believe it will be over tomorrow (well not really, but at least the infusion part of it).

4 1/2 months ago we prepared for the worst – my full time care with Tom working from home and a friend here the day he was up in Seattle working.  Fortunately, it was not as bad as we had prepared for.  There were some very hard days, but there were also some good days.  It’s the very end of chemo and today, I was able to be a normal mom, taking our 6 year old to the Dr. for her allergies and going to school play auditions for our 2 oldest kids. I am so thankful my body handled the chemo as well as it did!!

I’ll be honest, I have mixed feelings about tomorrow being my last chemo.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m very glad it will be over.  I just really want it to be my last one, forever.  I don’t ever want to walk back in the infusion center again in my entire life, for me or for anyone else I know.

It’s not a horrible place.  The nurses and people that work there are wonderful and I have loved getting to know them.  They are very friendly and kind.  They know us by name and greet us with a smile each week.  I’d love to run into them when we are out and about.  But never want to see them at the Infusion Center again. 🙂  I look forward to saying goodbye tomorrow and taking them some yummy blueberry scones as a “Thank You” for taking such good care of me these past 4 1/2 months.

We have been focusing so much on chemo and managing the side effects that come and go each week.  It seems strange to be coming to an end of that.

I have a few “Horray I’m doing with chemo” things planned this week, and hopefully I’ll be feeing good enough to enjoy them. More on that later . . .

I had a rough start to the week – total exhaustion and discouragement.  I was too weak to go to Bible Study on Thursday.  Tom stayed home with me on Friday morning and just sat next to me on the bed for a few hours and that helped a lot.  On Friday, we had a fun family night full of laughter, spoons, and trivia. The rest of the weekend was relaxing as none of us really wanted to do much. I had some dizziness again on Sunday and a little on Monday.  I will be glad when that is over!

Today I was able to do a few normal mom things – take our youngest to the Dr., pick up our middle daughter from school play auditions, etc.  It was nice. 🙂

As you pray for our family will you pray for:

  • My last chemo to be uneventful.
  • Energy for me as we travel this weekend for a Sport Stacking Competition the girls are in.  Tom is headed out early to visit a few of his restaurants and the girls and I will be taking the train to join him on Friday.  Friday needs to not be a high fatigue day or the train trip might be tough.
  • Wisdom for us as we meet with the breast surgeon on March 7th to find out details about surgery.
  • A PET scan should be happening the week of the 21st and we will get the results at my Dr. appointment on Friday the 25tth.  This is when we will find out how well the chemo worked and if there is any cancer left in my body right now.

If there is something specific I can pray for you, please email me and let me know!

So much to be thankful for . . .

Jennifer

 

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