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Posted 2018-01-05T19:05:00Z

Big day today!

UW staff

Today marks the end of 20 radiation treatments! The chemo, surgery and now radiation treatments are over - all that remains is the relatively benign Herceptin treatments every 3 weeks. Rose bought chocolates for the excellent staff in the UW Radiation Oncology area. She really appreciated the people there. They do awesome work!

Fatigue is the biggest issue right now but we knew it would be and Rose has been handling it well. She knows that if she wants to go somewhere, she'd better rest up first. In fact, she has handled this whole mess exceptionally well. She does what the doctors say to do and rarely complains about anything although she certainly has the right to do so. I know I'd be catastrophically whiny if I had to go through what she has. 

We now move into the survivorship phase of treatment which deals with staying healthy, resolving issues from her treatment and dealing with mental health issues. 

A cancer survivor made the bags and motivational saying "rings''. You open a new one after each treatment until your last day. It's been a long road and we appreciate you following along as we had our ups and downs. There is still some road to travel but it feels like we've at least crested the biggest hill and can coast a little bit now.

Celebrating with my very cute and beautiful wife at brunch after the LAST radiation treatment!


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Comments (14)

  • Diane Gabrielson
    Diane Gabrielson

    You are so beautiful Rose! We’re so happy you completed this last part of your journey. You have been one amazing patient! I agree with Steve, you never complained, just did what you needed to do with grace ❤️

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Lisa White
    Lisa White

    I would comment, too, on the surprising lack of complaining. Rose, you are a strong, vibrant, gorgeous gal who I am delighted to call my friend. I am so glad this chapter of the journey is over for you! Taking care of yourself is priority one now. I would suggest a warm retreat, and of course drag me along with you! Mark + I enjoyed the dinner outing last night. Fun to just be silly and laugh.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Edna Wiencke
    Edna Wiencke

    Congratulations! Well done , We are just so happy that you have been so strong and positive through all the treatment.Now is recovery time and getting back to what you love to do. God bless you both.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Tove Opsahl
    Tove Opsahl

    Keep up the good work and thank you for all the updates along the way! Our very best to you and Steve,from the Rochester Opsahl's----

    2 years ago · Reply
  • SHIRLEY Rosenthal
    SHIRLEY Rosenthal

    Way to go Rose, you look good in short hair, it will come back just beautiful some are lucky and get curls with it. So Happy for you that it’s done. Keep up the good work. The Rosenthal’s Dale&Shirley

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Lori Gibson
    Lori Gibson

    Happy tears!!! :-) What a milestone! And, your hair is coming back nicely - love it! You are so strong and positive and inspiring! Hugs from me, Gary and the "kids"

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Virginia (Ginny) Graff
    Virginia (Ginny) Graff

    Dear Rose: What more is there to say...I read the above comments from your dear friends....You are one glassy gal....and now that you are in maybe the coasting hat is off to a great gal who didi everything she needed to do to get well...All my Good Wishes to you and your very caring husband Steve....Love, Ginny

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Trisha Adamus
    Trisha Adamus

    La Brioche. Wonderful choice for this happy celebration! Congratulations!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Terri R.
    Terri R.

    She is a keeper that is for sure. Celebrating with you ... What a blessing that you had such caring staff. And I am sure they thought you were a sweetheart too. And you too Steve...wink. hugs

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Barb Rosenthal
    Barb Rosenthal

    Congratulations Rosie, you warrior! Stevie, you married a babe! Hoping for a nice and warm vacation for you two in your near future!

    2 years ago · Reply
    • Heather Obst
      Heather Obst

      Hey Barb. Why don't you and your family travel with Rose and Steve to visit us, where the weather is warm and balmy at the moment.

      2 years ago · Reply
  • Heather Obst
    Heather Obst

    Congratulations Rose, on reaching the peak of this battle, may everything continue with good results during your recovery back to good health. You do know the weather is warmer in Australia, at the moment. Tomorrow forecast temp 109oF. No influenza A "down under" at the moment - hey Steve! you can come also, great for old retirees too. I can't think of a better destination to Rest, Recover and ...... RETIRE. :) Lots of Love Heather and Johnxx

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Susan Cesnik
    Susan Cesnik

    Cheers! I feel so fortunate I've gotten to know you while walking on the treadmill and riding the bike. I think i speak for others as well when i say we look forward to seeing you back at Supreme in the not too distant future:)

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Beth Viney
    Beth Viney

    Congratulations Rose!!!! You are such a beautiful human and SO happy this phase is complete. 2018 will be a year of healing and gaining strength. Big warm furry Pyr and Newf hugs to you!!

    2 years ago · Reply