I'm lucky to say that my fourth treatment was pretty amazing. My dose was cut in half for round 4, thanks to my previous hospitalization, and thus my side effects were drastically different! I'm back at it today, currently being infused with round 5 of chemo. Back up to 75% strength with the chemo this round, so I can be assured that it won't be as smooth as round 4. However, with 5 down and 1 to go, life looks pretty good right now. My surgery is in the process of getting scheduled for late October. Radiation and more chemo to follow, but not until I'm feeling good post surgery.
So since chemo hasn't kept me down this past round I'm happy to say that:
1. We ate out as a family a few times and had fun doing so!
2. We played in the pool and I actually got my first sunburn this summer. It is nice to have a bit of a glow since I feel like I'm usually pasty white.
3. We did parks, movie nights, a football draft with our best friends, spaghetti night with neighbor friends, and just enjoyed my family of 4. Andrew and Adalyn continue to amaze me through little love notes, hugs, and their incessant rubbing of my head as if it brought good luck! Lastly, I'm pretty lucky to have the husband I have. He is my cheerleader, my confidant, my friend, and this journey would be miserable with him.
So what am I thankful for....millions of things. I'm appreciative of dinners being dropped off so that we have less to think about, gift cards coming in the mail, and a book I"m reading from a friend about being brave. I"m still amazed by the power of prayer and the millions of prayers that come my way each day. I know that I have prayers being said in many states across the United States and it's pretty amazing to hear this. I'm thankful for great co-workers that take the contact isolation patients so that I can still work but not be around yucky germs. Lots and lots to be thankful for!
So until next time.....I'm going to be brave and continue to kick this cancer.