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Posted 2018-12-13T05:51:46Z

Chemo is over!

Hi everyone,

I received my last infusion of chemo on Friday, 12/7!!! That’s a total of 28 weeks of chemo, and an additional 6 weeks for my surgery/recovery “break.” Thankfully, the last 8 weeks of chemo (post-surgery) were a breeze compared to the first 20 weeks. I only received 2 chemo drugs instead of 3, and I had very little side effects or issues.

I had my 3-month surgery follow-up appointment today. My orthopedic surgeon is happy with how my incision looks. It’s practically healed except for two small spots that were scabbed over and opened up after chemo last week. I started physical therapy a month ago and that has been going very well. My ankle and muscles in my right leg are weak from not walking since I broke my leg in May. I’ve been working on exercises for weight bearing, balance, strengthening and range of motion. I’m super motivated to do my at-home exercises so I can learn to walk again, and my physical therapist and surgeon were pleased with my progress so far.

Now that chemo is over, the next phase that consists of scans and check-up appointments begins. I’m having x-rays and scans done this week to get a baseline of how everything looks. I will continue to have scans post-treatment to check for a recurrence of cancer. My oncologist said I will see her for at least 10 years, and I will have appointments every 3 months for the next 2 years.

Overall, I'm still feeling pretty good. No pain; just occasional soreness from PT. I’m sure it will take a while for me to get my stamina back, and I have no clue what I’ll do when I start working more and can’t take daily afternoon naps!

It’s been a long and difficult 8 months, and it would have sucked a whole lot more without everyone’s support – family, friends, co-worker friends, neighbors and even strangers – providing meals and donations, sending cards/texts, stopping by to visit, “Stacie sitting” and chauffeuring me to/from appointments. Eric and I are so appreciative for everything you’ve done to help our family make it though my treatment.

Thanks again for all your love, support, thoughts and prayers!

Love,

Stacie, Eric and Cooper

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Comments (7)

  • Tracey Alderdice
    Tracey Alderdice

    So thankful you are on the other side of this phase! You are such an inspiration to me and so many others. Thankful for your friendship!

    9 months ago · Reply
  • kayla neal
    kayla neal

    My heart is about to burst with joy for you and the ending of this chapter. You are such an amazingly strong, brave, and fierce individual and such an inspiration to us all. I admire the strength and courage you displayed during such a difficult, and honestly terrifying, time. You looked that cancer straight in the eye every day and said "not today!". YOU are amazing! I'm so proud of you and to know you. On to the next chapter! Don't be afraid to celebrate, laugh, love, and rejoice! The war isn't over, but you've won this battle! YOU ARE A SURVIVOR! Relish that victory, because you earned it! I'll continue to give thanks to the universe for you every day, my friend. I can't wait to see your smiling face and hear you infectious laugh on a daily basis again. I have so much love for you. See you Friday :) "SURVIVOR: To beat the odds, one with great courage and strength, a true inspiration"

    9 months ago · Reply
  • Ann Conklin
    Ann Conklin

    So glad chemo is over and now recovery can begin with physical therapy, must be hard after not being able to use your leg for so long but before you know it you will running after that cute young man of yours. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you Eric and Cooper!

    9 months ago · Reply
  • Sarah Henning
    Sarah Henning

    What an amazing accomplishment! You are so tough, Stacie. So happy for you that you're on the other side of chemo and moving on to physical therapy. You got this girl!

    9 months ago · Reply
  • Leann Sando
    Leann Sando

    Praying you continue to do well and hope you can enjoy the holidays with your family! (Marcy’s cousin) Leann

    9 months ago · Reply
  • Betty Eskew
    Betty Eskew

    Stacie, I am so happy you are past chemo. That stuff sucks. I have one word for you.. WARRIOR! It's what you are. I wish for you a very happy Christmas and good health. Love and prayers, Betty Eskew

    9 months ago · Reply
  • Ellen Kasperek
    Ellen Kasperek

    Hurray!! This seemed like such a long time away at the beginning, but now its complete. Enjoy this feeling! Well done!!

    9 months ago · Reply