Yesterday I had my last radiation treatment! I got to "ring the bell" three times to celebrate the end of my cancer treatment. 16 chemo rounds, surgery, 30 radiation treatments DONE! It was a happy day!!! In my mind and heart--it was a party filled with gratitude and it looked like this: On a beautiful Greek Island, Jayz and Beyonce were my DJs, bottles were popping, fireworks, all my friends and family were there...In reality, I was alone and I had 5 doctors appointments starting at 7:30am before catching the last flight to D.C. last night. Haha!
I am so grateful for God's healing and strength through this difficult time. I am thankful for every single prayer whispered for me. I'm looking forward to getting back to my normal routine in DC being a wife, mother and consultant.
A HUGE thank you to the Stewart Family (Patrick, Katie and Emma) who basically adopted me this summer in Houston and allowed me to stay at your home when I didn't even know how long I'd be there. You provided a safe, comfortable space for me to heal. Our family will forever remember your kindness. We loved our neighborhood dinners and our playtime with you!
I will see my oncologist at MD Anderson on October 1st (and every three months) for the next two years when the risk of the cancer returning is the highest. I will officially be declared cancer free in 5 years. BUT for my purposes I am cancer free because I know it is NOT coming back! I have FAITH that God has a plan for our family and it includes me in it.
Thank you for your continued prayers. I'll continue to strive to make healthy changes and live life fully. I hope you do too!
Jan, Christos and Jacob