Yesterday I closed out my fourteenth (cumulative over two years) chemo treatment.
After my third treatment in 2011, I declared that my last treatment was indeed my last. Then I found myself doing five more treatments and adding 28 rounds of radiation too.
I decided that this time I should choose a different word to mark the occasion. Closure. Closing a chapter. Closing time. Then my infusion nurse Shelley starts singing, “closing time, you don’t have to go home but ya can’t stay here.” Song lyrics have always spoken the words in my heart and those couldn’t have felt truer.
I do need to celebrate milestones. If I’ve learned something from cancer, it’s that every good day is meant to be cherished and celebrated. And the ‘bad days’ get held with love and compassion.
So I put away my chemo bag for now and since my insomnia kicks in heavily the night of treatment, I joined a couple girlfriends for dinner and a concert. We ate a delicious meal and danced a little salsa to the Gypsy Kings at a beautiful venue overlooking the valley below. I am happiest dancing to beautiful music with beautiful friends.
“… I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.” ~Agatha Christie
We still think of you and are SOOOO very happy you can still know it!
As always…With Love from Texas!
Bart & Linda
Josh & Janeen
Yeah, 14 is definitely enough! I am glad you celebrated. Today my mom had her third. She has insomnia the night after chemo too. I printed out your advice for her & I got her to drink sparkling mineral water for the first time. Hope you have a great day tomorrow too!
Way to go Carol! Are you done with the avastin as well? I think i have had around 25 treatments, which are temporarily on hold until my kidney stuff gets resolved.
What a wonderful way to celebrate closure. The Gypsy Kings represent the expression of spirit, love and passion. Great things to focus on now that you have ‘closure’.
Love you girlfriend!
I’m done for now 🙂 CT scan on Aug 26 will tell us how the Carbo/Taxol/Avastin cocktail worked – I had very good CT results after my third treatment in this set.
Love ya and thanks for reading!