The official countdown has begun! I have only 3 more chemotherapy treatments to go! I’ve been so blessed during this journey. God has walked with me every step of the way and I haven’t had any major side effects. Thank you, Lord!
It’s funny, treatment has been such a focus in my life the past 7 months that I actually feel like I’m going to miss it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m so ready for this to be over but, I’ve had such superior care and met some really strong fellow cancer patients that added to my strength and determination to fight through my colon and breast cancers.
I started this blog for my own therapy but from comments and messages I’ve discovered that my blog has touched and inspired others for which I feel truly grateful. I plan to continue this blog beyond my chemo treatment ending. I see myself becoming involved in cancer awareness and still have hormone therapy for my breast cancer to start.
I have felt God’s grace and favor and feel so thankful for all your love and support. I will continue pushing forward!
Just finished my 8th chemo treatment yesterday so that means only 4 more to go. Man am I excited!
My cancer journey has been such a positive experience and I feel so blessed to realize, appreciate and more fully understand the importance of family and friends in my life. God has walked every step with me. I actually see him in my mind’s eye and we are joined hand in hand and our smiles are beaming.
When I first found out about my Colon and subsequentially Breast Cancer I followed the teachings of my guru Don Miguel Ruiz, the author of The Four Agreements. I wrote an earlier post about his philosophy of life and the Four Agreements we should follow to make our lives better.
1. Be Impeccable With Your Word
2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
3. Don’t Make Assumptions
4. Always Do Your Best
The agreement that impacted my cancer journey the most was number 3, “Don’t Make Assumptions”. Following this agreement took away the fear and apprehension of finding out about my cancers. I didn’t assume that this would be a horrible journey, I put all my trust in God and spoke out to the universe that I wouldn’t have any major side effects. Not having them, period!
I believe that by letting go and letting God do his work, my journey has been remarkable. No major side effects, just some fatigue, and cold sensitivity. I’ve come this far and I’m that much closer to the end.
When you’re feeling kind of funky, low energy, out of sorts, what do you do to lift that veil? Is it movie therapy, a little cruising music, or maybe a long walk? I’m always curious and open to ideas and methods to work with my moods. I used to fight them, but that’s not healthy. I’ve learned to embrace each one, the good, the bad and the ugly.
Well, I was feeling out of sorts yesterday but I got some work done, fleshing out a marketing proposal and completing the assignment for my Digital Marketing class. Then I remembered Adele’s special was coming on and all of a sudden, a broad smile began to spread across my face.
“Million Years Ago” – Adele 25
“I feel like my life is flashing by And all I can do is watch and cry I miss the air, I miss my friends I miss my mother; I miss it when Life was a party to be thrown But that was a million years ago”
I love, love, love Adele! That girl can “sang!” Being old school, I want to hear vocals, pure tones, and power. Well, Adele has all that and more! She is the real deal and truly the voice of her generation. I respect her brilliant song-writing talent and the intimacy of her lyrics. Yes, like a billion other people I downloaded her brilliant album, “Adele 25″, the day it was released and listened to it over and over at my chemotherapy treatment. Once again, that broad smile spread across my face.😃
Thanks Adele for coming back and sharing your gifts with the world!
P.S. So glad you’re touring the states. When you come to a city near me, rest assured, I’ll be there!
How could we live without humor? Humor for humor’s sake. Humor as a means of communication. Humor for times of stress and heartache. Humor in times of joy and glee.
One of the side effects of chemotherapy is fatigue, which I’ve starting experiencing. When my husband asked this morning how I’m feeling, my mouth spoke tired and my brain thought, I’m feeling a little “Lili Von Shtupp” – “I’m so Tired” – the brilliant musical number from the Mel Brooks comedy, “Blazing Saddles.” (I’m a movie geek so that’s how my brain works) This number is my kind of funny. Hilarious! Totally took my mind off of actually being tired and brought a big ole grin to my face.
Madeline Kahn (Lili) is celebrated as an incredible actress, singer and comedienne, (even though she didn’t see herself as naturally funny so had to really work at it). She developed ovarian cancer in 1998 and we lost her genius in 1999. She was 57 years old.
Her take on humor: “Laughter is a strange response. I mean, what is it? It’s a spasm of some kind! Is that always joy? It’s very often discomfort. It’s some sort of explosive reaction. It’s very complex.”
For me, humor’s always been a coping mechanism and saving grace. And, I have to agree with Madeline, it’s complicated.
I’d like to thank everyone for their words of encouragement and appreciation of my previous post, “It’s a Beautiful Day!” I start chemotherapy for my Colon Cancer tomorrow and it feels great going into it with positive thoughts and energy.
I claim there will be no side-effects from the treatment. I know some might think that’s being a little optimistic but how many people do you know with two unrelated cancers at the same time? Huh? I’m that special. Not at all typical and neither will be my experience. 😊
One of my favorite films from childhood is “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” I’m inspired by his belief that all things are possible, and with imagination whatever you dream can be. What a great philosophy and attitude to keep joy and a positive spirit in your life.
The next step in my journey is chemotherapy for colon cancer. I just completed radiation therapy for my breast cancer and that was a breeze. Twice a day for five days. Five and a half minutes of actual radiation. All I did was lay there on my side hooked up to the machine and listen to classic 70’s music. A little “Summer Breeze” by Seals and Croft, yes! The staff was great, especially Rachel who set me up and took care of me. No side effects. A little fatigue but that was it. Outstanding!
Now, time to take care of the colon cancer. Has to be chemo, no way around it, however, I’ve already claimed that I won’t have any side effects. Fatigue is all I will accept. Faith has gotten me this far, and I know it will deliver me the rest of the way.
Erase all Doubt
Met with my Oncologist today to review what to expect with Chemotherapy. After the meeting, I was given a tour of the Infusion Suite (where all the fun happens) which brings me back to pure imagination. Gonna be needing a lot of that because it’s the least warm space I’ve ever seen. Sure, there are lounge chairs, tvs and snacks but the energy is definitely lacking. I have to spend 8 hours twice a month for 6 months to receive my treatment – which in that room is going to be a challenge.