And it felt like it would never end but today I received my last chemo treatment. It was a monumental day. I was excited to have Madison as my nurse today because she was my nurse for my first treatment. It kinda brought it full circle. Terry took me to my appointment because his appointment was canceled. We got there and my daughter Melanie and son in law Joe showed up with a celebration cake. You see every time your nurse comes to administer meds she/he asked for your name and date of birth. So here’s a few pictures of some of my support team and my cake. Oh and Madison!
Joe left to go get the kids (Rylee and Lia) from school and when they got back we cut the cake. We all had a piece and offered it to anyone who was a nurse or in treatment to celebrate with us. I think there were only 4 or 5 small pieces left.
The Benadryl was trying to knock me out but I did my best to resist. About 20 minutes after Madison started the Taxol, I started feeling sick. Someone got me a ginger ale and it helped but I think sleep would have been the better answer. I just didn’t want to miss anything.
Before I knew it it was over and Madison was cleaning and unhooking my port. It all started on July 23rd and now it’s over. I just can’t believe it.
I DID IT!
There were days that I wanted to give up. Then I’d think about my husband and my children and my grand children and how could I quit. They have been my biggest cheerleaders since day one back in May when I heard those dreaded 3 words…Mrs. Pupp, YOU HAVE CANCER. They have been my energy this whole time. I told a lady the other day that I wouldn’t wish this on anyone but I wouldn’t trade the experience for the world. We have witnessed so many blessings. It drew Terry and I closer together, people came out of the wood work to prepare meals for my guys so I didn’t have to worry about them eating fast food every night. (Thank you Michelle) AND thank you Leslie for fixing us an amazing Thanksgiving dinner. I have to thank the Graham family for picking up Rylee and taking him to school on the days I couldn’t get out of bed. Oh and I’ve lost almost 50 pounds because I can’t eat. Food taste really nasty and leaves a funky film in my mouth. I’ve lived on soups that people have brought just for me. I’ve been given gift like a wall tapestry, the blanket in the pictures above, books and gifts cards galore…way too many to list and I just don’t know how to thank everyone. I am so thankful!
It hasn’t all been positive but we have chosen not to dwell on the negatives. Even when I was so sick I didn’t think I’d make it to the bathroom, I offered up my suffering for all those souls who had no one to pray for them. When I would receive communion, I asked Jesus who is in my body blood and soul to heal me with His Body Blood Soul and Divinity! And then I would thank Him for the miracles He’s already worked in my life.
So just before 4pm today, I walked out of the chemo room, stopping to ring the bell…
Then it happened…yes I cried the ugly cry and I hugged everyone that was there to support me.
I guess we didn’t get all the pictures. I’m not going to lie, I’m going to miss these people who worked so hard to save my life. There’s a bond that I don’t know how to explain. I will miss them! Now it’s over. Tomorrow I go for my MRI. On the 11th I meet with my surgeon to get the results and I think set the date for surgery. I’ll keep you posted. I’m sorry I haven’t written much but nothing has changed and I didn’t want to bore you.
My blessings for today…chemo is over, Madison still loves me and my family took time to come be with be on this day of celebration! I love you all! Oh and today is my oldest sons birthday so I’ll never forget the day of my last treatment. Happy Birthday Joey! I wish you could have been there!