–523 days since first finding the knot on my neck
–506 days since finding out I had cancer
–499 days since arriving back in the U.S.
–469 days since starting cancer treatment
And completion of
–1 major surgery
–3 minor surgeries
–8 chemo treatments over 6 months
–30 radiation treatments over 6 weeks
–17 Herceptin infusions over 16 months
–countless CT scans, MRI’s, lab tests, needle sticks, doctors’ appointments, prescriptions filled, trips to Houston and NCIS re-runs watched while recuperating
—16 months of enduring the side effects of being burned, cut and poisoned (even losing my sense of taste for 3 months, losing my ability to swallow for a short time, and enduring extreme fatigue);
—hundreds of people having prayed for me and being the recipient of countless cards and caps to cover my once shiny head (that at one point got down to a mere 17 hairs)
–and most importantly, having been blessed by the hand of the God
It. is. finished.
I just finished my final cancer treatment and rang the bell, my parents by my side! I’m driving to Houston later today and will have surgery there on Monday. The surgery is NOT cancer treatment though, so today really marks the end of treatment. (Surgery will take out my chemo port and clean up scar tissue in my neck–prayers are much appreciated for a good surgery.)
Some people get worried when treatment ends and they are on their own again, but I have a real sense that God is taking care of me. In His hands, I have no fear of the future.
Off to Houston now!