We. Are. Home. I. Am. Blessed.
In some ways December went by quickly; at other times it moved at a snail's pace. But it was bearable. Mainly because of the radiation and clinic ladies (and Jimmy Bob!). I don't know how the people at the cancer clinics do what they do day in and day out. They continue to welcome each patient with grace, a smile, and heartfelt concern.
It was a bittersweet moment 9:30 a.m.yesterday as I ended my last radiation treatment. It was hard saying goodbye to my "team". They have become more than technicians, they are friends...Mary has a 5 month old son whom she has never left with anyone (other than the babysitter) and doesn't plan on doing that until he's 3; Clairanne has 15 year old triplets (2 boys, 1 girl) and a silver lab and has pictures of all four of them in her wallet; Stephanie was scared her 6 year old son would burn down the church at their candlelight service; Erhren cried more than her 7 year old daughter did when she left her with her parents in Iowa for Christmas break; Mel lost her wedding ring years ago and her husband finally promised to buy her another set at the after Christmas sales; and Allison had a dream (I say nightmare!) that Jim took her car! Needless to say, they made our day/treatment, a positive experience.
I have two followup appointments in February at KU with my surgeon, Dr. Larson, and my Radiation Oncologist, Dr. Coster. Dr. Larson will be my doctor for the next 5 years, at least! At that time I am hopeful to be released from Radiation. Dr. Coster told me during week #3 that I appeared to be tolerating the radiation very well. And he also warned that the worst could come during week #4 or after treatments are completed. He (and others in the medical field) encouraged me to eat lots of protein and stay hydrated. I have never been much of a red meat eating person but if that's what I need to do, so be it. For the next six weeks I hope to regain my strength and endurance and continue with eating lots of protein. My body pretty much tells me when I "am done" for awhile or the day. I just have to listen!
I know God has graciously given me a longer time on this earth. I know I have to learn to embrace the positives each day. But I already know where my blessings are...family and friends. I have been and continue to be blessed beyond measure.
(I am paraphrasing here:)
There are wooden ships. There are sailing ships. There are ships that sail the sea. But the best are friendships. And may they always be.
So dear friends and family, Happy New Year. May 2019 give us all a new lease on life and a new year to be thankful for each and every minute.
Hugs and love to all... Sherry