Chemo #11 (Jan 30-Feb 13)
I want to make sure everyone knows that my journey of chemo is no reflection of what someone else’s journey may be like. There are hundreds of chemotherapy drugs and even more combinations. I can tell you first had that even on the same chemotherapy regimen that it varies GREATLY from person to person.
These past two weeks were filled with a lot of tears. My emotions are like a teenage girl. Well, way worse than my teenage daughter. My chemo friends and I can’t figure it out. Is it because we are so close to the end we are fearful it won’t happen? Are we worried about life after chemo? Are we worried about our “new” life ahead with many PET scans and follow ups? Is it the chemo drugs? We always wanna blame it on the chemo drugs (ha!), but let me pause for a moment and say these drugs kicked my cancer to the curb. Or so I hope it’s still gone. I won’t have a PET scan until March and hopefully hear the magic word, REMISSION. The fear of getting sick is real right now as we are in the middle of the Flu season. I pray often that my family remains healthy and avoids the flu or any other infection.
My sister flew in from Indiana to experience #11 chemo with me. Premeds took well over a hour to get to us. How frustrating!!! I can’t image the emotions my sister experiences while watching me get high as a kite on my premeds and chemo, but I am grateful she wanted to experience it with me.
If I told you she got to hang with me, which is already fun (chemo or not) and then get some live music in our private room (YES!), a nice warm blanket for her to take a nap after enjoying a nice cup of coffee you would think she was having a nice spa day while I get the chemo injected into my port. I wish I had a picture of the both of us under our warm blankets taking a nap during my last (hour long) chemo med. Hilarious! Make the best of all situations I say. Get the warm blanket for your family! HA! She also colored her hair purple to support my Hodgkin’s Lymphoma battle. I now know if I get cancer I get nice foot and back rubs from my sister and she’s good at it. You rock sis! Love ya to the moon and back.
I want to take this time to say this… If you have just been given a cancer diagnosis, don’t panic. Find your tribe! Not just your family, but a cancer kickin’ tribe. I have met many wonderful people via Instagram and I am thankful. Never in a million years did I think I would find such friendships by simply using a hashtag (#HodgkinsLymphoma). This journey was made much easier with the help of two very special women. Marjorie in Alabama and Gemma in Italy. They make me laugh. They support me. They will listen to anything I have to say. They understand me. They care about me. I am forever grateful for these two Hodgkin’s Lymhomies. Gemma and I finish chemo at the same time (hopefully) and Marjorie is ready to do Chemo #10 next week. Please add them to your prayer list too. I pray we all three have success as we finish up chemo and move on to the next chapter. The chapter of the unknown.
With that being said, I was always living in the unknown. We all are right now. We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow and we shouldn’t live as we do. I pray for God’s peace to stay with me and guide me through life as I embark on my life after chemo. I’ve overcome so many fears and struggles in my life that I have FAITH that this can be done with him.
“But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the LORD” ~ Jeremiah 30:17
I think looking back the top tips I can give a fellow cancer patient is this: drink ALOT of alkaline before chemo (water with electrolytes), like 60 plus ounces. It has improved my experience greatly. I now have to eat BEFORE permeds go in because I no longer can tolerate much during chemo, including water. If you are feeling nauseous during chemo ask for the IV Ativan. I think after chemo 8 or 9 I started this. It works! I get it between premeds and chemo. It aids in me taking a nap during my long hour long chemo! Makes time fly by and it works really fast as it’s going straight to your blood stream. Take essential oils with you! I love all my Young Living oils and they have helped me so much. I love my peppermint, wintergreen and spearmint for chemo days! I put a little on a tissue and breathe it in. The nurses always love them too! I also put some behind my ears. I use many other oils at home as well, like Digize, Thieves, Lavender, RC, Orange…to name a few. If you would like to read more about these amazing oils and/or to order your starter kit use follow this link. Gemma bought the starter kit and LOVES it!
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10
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