If you haven’t figured it out yet, my wife is an amazing woman! Yesterday was her third chemo infusion. Yes, number three! A milestone in her treatment! The half way mark! Patty was actually excited yesterday to have her next treatment! I mean really excited! I asked her “why?” to which she replied: “Because I’m one more treatment closer to being cancer free!” She truly means that! What a great positive attitude!!!
Patty has done really well over the past week. We’ve noticed a pattern through these treatments. She deals with days “1 through 3” pretty well following her infusion, other than losing her taste buds. Fatigue and body aches don’t really hit her until day “4” and lasts pretty strong through day “11”. It seems like she starts to turn the corner about that time and begins to get stronger as each day comes. Her taste buds start coming back about day “16” so this is when I start really cooking for Patty! By day “18” or so, she’s doing pretty well, not back to normal, but much better than the previous week. Then day “21” comes around and we get to do the whole cycle all over again!
I hear people saying that this is just a “bump in the road” for us. We’ve actually used that phrase a few times, but yesterday I had a chance to reflect on the past six months. Sorry, but it’s hardly been a “bump.” I don’t know the right word to describe this experience, in fact, I don’t need to find the correct word. What I can say is that these past six months have not been easy! But, it’s been a trial that has brought the two of us closer to each other like never before and it’s brought the two of us much closer to God. It’s been an experience that has literally turned our lives up-side-down as well as put our lives on hold. But, you know what? We’ve both accepted our lives for what they are right now and I’m confident we’ll get through this and carry on! We’re both excited to see what the future has in store for us! We talked yesterday and Patty told me that she’ll never take life for granted again. That she wants to take in all she can daily. We now have a new granddaughter and another grandchild on the way. There’s a lot to look forward to!
Since we’re trying to be as positive as we can through this ride, we’re now saying we’re on the “Countdown through Chemo”… “three… two… one!” December 14th can’t come soon enough!