Today marks a very special day for Patty. If you recall, Patty was having her chemo every 21 days on Tuesdays. She had her last chemo on December 14th, 21 days ago. And you know what? She doesn’t have to go today! We talked about it last night and I can’t tell you how happy she is to have the chemo completed! Chemo really did a number on her, physically as well as mentally. But, she’s done. We had our little “No-Mo-Chemo” celebration three weeks ago. It meant a lot to her, but today really brings it home! It makes it real. She’s done!
Patty is physically doing really well! While going through chemo, she’d get to this point where she’s getting stronger, then “wham!” Back to chemo and loose whatever strength she had. But now, she’s just going to get stronger and stronger each day. She’s been feeling so good that she actually went to a Jazzercise class last week. She’s hoping to go to a couple this week. The other thing is that she’s getting her three-week fuzz on her head. This “three-week” fuzz will actually start turning into hair over the next few weeks. It’s kind of funny because Patty is getting a little impatient with the lingering chemo side effects. She wants to feel 100% right now! She’s wants her hair to grow back right now! I try telling her that it’s going to take some time, but do you think she’ll listen to me! Not a chance!
Patty has some doctors appointments coming up. Next week she meets with the reconstruction doctor who will give us a game plan for the upcoming months. She also has an appointment with our chemo Oncologist next week. She’ll also give us a game plan for the upcoming months. Then she has a very important appointment the following week… she has her first follow-up CT Scan. This is to see if there is any cancer lingering that may have traveled to other parts of her body. She is very worried and anxious about this test. She has shared her anxiety with me. Right now there’s a lot of “what if’s?” She explained that over the past six months, every treatment, test, consultation was done with a purpose. She knew what was going on every step of the way. Now that she’s completed her chemo, she’s back in limbo, not knowing what’s in store for her today, tomorrow, next week or in the distant future. I told her that early on in her treatment, metastasis was a big concern of mine. Since she had her last CT Scan in July which showed the cancer to be localized in her left breast, and after having the mastectomy, this is no longer a concern in the forefront of my mine. Maybe I’m wearing rose-colored glasses, but I have faith that the doctors have given her the best treatment possible and I’ve prayed that this scan is clear. Even hearing my thoughts, she’s still very anxious about this tests. I do understand! Having this anxiety, she decided to go to her cancer support group meeting yesterday over at Sharp Hospital. The support group meets every Monday. Patty goes when she feels she needs some support from others whom have experienced what she’s going through. She said that this group can sometimes be pretty depressing. But, she went. She said that going helped. I guess what will really help is getting through this scan with great results! Say your prayers for her!
So, as before, we’re just taking life one day at a time. It’s easier said than done, but we’re going to try not to worry about yesterday, try not to worry about tomorrow and let’s make the most of today. And today is all about no longer having chemo!