This past Monday I had my first CT scan since I've finished chemo treatment. Leading up to the scan, Mary kept asking me if I was nervous. And I kept saying, "oh no, of course not." And I think I said that because I didn't want to be nervous, but turns out I actually was deep down. As I was walking into the building that morning, the feelings of when I first heard about my cancer diagnosis kept coming back to me, the sense of dread. I was nervous, to be sure.[...]
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Chemo treatments are finished! I had my last infusion on Jan 25th, and my last round of pills finished up on Feb 7th. This was my 6th cycle - and it was by far the hardest. To cap it off, I continued to have random gallbladder attacks that last week of chemo, so I had surgery to get that silly organ removed on Feb 11th. The surgery went very well and I was thrilled to go home that same day![...]
On Thursday we waited several hours after a very successful surgery to see our Gabe. Once we saw him, we were so relieved. He was awake, fully medicated, and donning lots of tubes. He said the last thing he remembers before surgery is being rolled into a bright, white room and saying, "So this is where the magic happens."[...]
It's surgery week! I'm a bit nervous about it, if I'm honest. I know it's going to be hard, and my life is going to drasticly change for awhile. And that's a daunting thought. I'm trying not to worry about it! I wrote more about that on my personal blog - http://gabriellawson.net/worrypride/[...]
Only two more days of radiation and chemotherapy!
Your support has meant the world to us through meals, babysitting, and encouraging notes. The past five weeks have dragged at times and your help has cast a positive light.[...]
Week two went well. I really got a good dose of the fatigue I kept hearing I would experience this past week. It ended on a busy note with me officiating a wedding on Friday night, and then photographing a wedding all day on Saturday. Thankfully both days went really well, however it did take a toll. I've never quite experienced that kind of tired before. In fact it's Wednesday and today I finally feel back to normal, or what my new normal is these days.[...]
It feels good to have the first week of treatment in the books. It went well and I am feeling alright.
The chemo medication, which I take every day, makes me fairly tired, especially in the afternoons. But that is the only side effect I am experiencing. Not much nausea, which is great. I can normally rest for a at least a little time in the afternoons, which definitely helps.[...]
Today is June 8th, the day Gabe mentioned on this post: http://gabriellawson.net/the-day-i-found-out-i-had-cancer/. I have been dreading this and eagerly awaiting it at the same time. Dreading it because I don't want him go to the hospital every day for radiation and possibly experience the negative side effects of chemo. Eagerly awaiting it because I am ready for him to fight this disease, win, and come out the other side a stronger man. I am ready to move on even though I know this chapter will always be a part of our lives. [...]
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