Monday, September 22, 2008

Last Chemo!

Yeah! It is officially least the chemo part. And the better news? The doctor says I am in "clinical remission." Allow me to explain. Clinical remission basically means that there is no evidence of any tumor. I will be in full remission when they do a PET Scan and confirm that there are no more little cancer cells roaming around in my body. Irregardless......I am excited!

The last day of chemo was an eventful one. My mom, sister and husband (Josh, in case you forgot, since it seems like I mention him so little. Don't worry, I am still married), all kept me company. Karen, also in remission, came and partied with me. It was a meaningful day. She gave me this Willow Tree statue that means courage. Karen gave me a lot of courage.
I also met a newby. Her name is Patty and she was in for her first time. My heart goes out to her. Also young and a mom of 5. A wonderful person stricken by hard times. I will keep her in my prayers.

My mom and Sona got their blood drawn for the BRCA test while there. My sis's daughter, Ally, decided she needed a bandaid to feel included.

My sister, her friend MJ, and I decided to play rock band after my treatment. To get into the spirit, Sona shaved my head into a mohawk. I still haven't gotten around to shaving it. I decided I will shave it one more time to be sure everything grows in thick and even.

I didn't last too long in the game. I think I played the drums 3 times, guitar twice and then propped the microphone on my legs while I attempted to sing without falling asleep. Chemo caught up with me and I crashed. Sona and MJ rocked 'til the early hours of....well, at least midnight, but that is late for some moms.

The other minor mishap that happened last Thursday is Drue broke her nose. Ahhhh. Yes. I told her I was sorry for her pain but she got no sympathy for how it happened. She jumped over the back of the couch like I have told her several times NOT to and didn't catch herself. The coffee table was there to break her fall from the nice padded thick carpet. The doc said I need to take her back in tomorrow and they will decide if they need to reset it or not. I keep hoping, in the back of my wishes, that it is not really broken. I don't know. You be the judge.

Life is wonderful and our family is doing well. It looks like all your prayers, fasting and good thoughts have paid off. I owe you all a big one!


Christin said...

Oh Drue. OUCH> Totally something Luke would have done. Five concussions later.


Edwards Family said...

Yeah, I'm so happy that you are done with NASTY CHEMO!! Plus congrats on the clinical remission! That is such great news!

That broken nose brings back a TON of memories when I was 6! Hopefully it's not broken, but who knows. I've survived all my years with a broken nose that never got reset.

Alayna Williamson said...

YIPEE!!! YIPEE!!! Sorry, Drue, but YIPEE for Paige! We love you!

Alayna, Troy and boys

Lacey said...

Yea! So glad you're done! You really look so good! It's good to see you every once in a while picking the kids up from school!

Kim & Pat said...

Yeah! We are so happy to hear you are done with Chemo! We wish you well with the radiation therapy. We love ya!

Charity said...

I just read all of the other entries and everyone said "Yeah, I'm so happy for you!" Crap that's what I was going to say.

I'm cheering for you!

Poor Drue. I would rather have it happen to me than to my kids. When my kids are sick I always wish it could be me and not them. Anything to take their pain away. Drue seems to be doing ok though. I love her cheeser.

The Allred Family said...

drupers! you poor little thing.I hate that conflicted feeling when your child does something they weren't supposed to be doing, and they get hurt. You want to have a kind of "i told you so moment" but you also want o have sympathy. oh and i love your mohawk. so cute. you should keep it. very maddox jolie-pitt looking! :)

The Baker Family said...

Hey there! I am so glad that things are going so well for you! Despite the broken nose of Drue. Your Alaskan vacation looks like it was amazing! How fun for you! Hope everything else is going good. See you soon!

Lindsie said...

yeah remission!! paige you totally crack me up! i LOVE the eyebrow post! ha ha! i'm just going through the last few posts.. that is awesome you got to go to alaska! you amaze me! good luck with drue's nose! poor little thing! you're always in my prayers! good luck!