Well #8 treatment done, 12 more to go! This second week has been eye-opening and humbling.
Monday, while I was in treatment, Jim visited with an older woman recently diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. She had elected to aggresively battle the cancer by compressing 28 radiation treatments into 5! She told Jim that her children and grandchildren were extremely upset but Jim noticed she was there by herself. Wow! What a woman and what a fighter! I pray we see her again and what would be even better would be her family with her! I hate cancer.
Tuesday was even harder. As I waited for my treatment, a small child was wheeled out of a treatment room on a gurney surrounded by Children's Mercy Hospital ambulance staff. I could not tell if that child was a boy or a girl or how old he/she was. All I could see was the sad eyes between the knitted cap and white hospital mask. I know I was staring because reality had just smacked me right in the mouth.
Wednesday KU cancer staff called asking if I could come for my treatment 30 minutes early so that child could take her (I did find out the child was a girl) treatment as soon as the ambulance could get there. Of course! I received my treatment and was waiting to see my oncologist, Dr. Coster, when the little girl arrived. She was very upset. She kept asking her Grandma to hold her. And of course that Grandma would do anything she could BUT we all knew Grandma could not hold her when she took the treatment. My heart was breaking for everyone involved. Dr. Coster explained during our office visit the small children have to be sedated so they don't move during radiation. And after a few visits the children know what will happen and become very agitated. It is extremely hard on children but adults tend to suffer more. Oh my, how sad. I hate cancee.
I have nothing to complain about! I get tired. I have an itchy rash around my neck Dr. Coster thinks might be related to a product I was using on my incision. Or my autoimmune system is trying to figure out what is going on and is acting up! Either way I have NOTHING to complain about.
We pray all is well with you and yours during this holiday season. Thank you for your continued prayers, calls, emails and texts. We appreciate and love you all.
From Jim-As of today 8 down and 12 to go! we are targeted to be done on 1/2/2019. She is doing well and we have had great support from back in Hays and in KC. we pray that all have safe travels during this Christmas season.