MY FAM HAS BEEN CLANGIN BELLS AND CHEERING SO LOUD…
IF WE FOUND A MOUNTAIN TOP WE’D CLIMB IT, AND SHOUT HOW WE’RE PROUD!
(Can you tell my fave author is STILL Dr.Suess? Some people never grow up. Why should I?)
I gotta, just gotta announce that yesterday, my family joined me to RING out the old and RING in the NEW!
What do I mean? I’ll tell ya what I mean…
I COMPLETED MY RADIATION TREATMENTS, BABY!!!!! OH YEAH!!!!!
Over 6 weeks of daily morning radiation treatments. That’s 34 doses, folks. Whew!
And who better to be at my side to ring that VICTORY BELL than my family?! Normally, with a house full of little ones, the thought of clanging bells is like whispering MacBeth. Ya just don’t do it.
But NOT THIS TIME!!
Yesterday, every last one of my munchkins got a turn to ring that bell with me! (My apologies to the rest of the surrounding Lousianians. I’m sure your ears are still ringing! But I believe these kids, and that Hubbie of mine… they are warriors as well. They earned the chance to ring it just as much as I did!)
(Pics below of all the fun that we “wrung” out of the moment. Wakka Wakka!)
How do I feel?
*I feel relieved, that’s for sure. Just think, I get to wake up Monday morning when rushing around is just part of my normal “mommy of 5 chaos”. No extras. Sweet!
*I feel… Umm… err.. “OUCH” That pretty much sums that up. The words “chargrilled”, “tight”, and “sore”, come to mind… but I know it could be worse.
*I feel ready to HEAL! They say radiation has a 1 1/2 week delay on side effects. In other words, my burns will increase for the next week and a half until we’ve caught up to yesterday’s treatment. Then the HEALING CAN BEGIN!!! I am sooo very ready for that. As Lent ends and Easter begins, so the burning will stop and the healing can start. How symbolic! Perfect. Truly perfect.
*I feel like a RABBIT on steroids. Huh?!? I’m craving an Easter basket full of nothing but blueberries, strawberries, vitamin C and E and all the other antioxidants that I can get! Weird, right? During radiation, in order to best attack my cancer cells, I had to remove those parts of my diet to keep them from protecting and putting a barrier around the cells that we wanted to radiate. Felt so weird when all you want to do is have those things when you feel your body under fire (no pun intended). So yes, I will be just like a true Easter Bunny this year. Less candy, more berries and fresh goodness. Heal, baby, heal!
(pic below of the first thing that I rushed home to eat, drink, and put on my skin yesterday…. I’m a freak, right?)
*I feel READY! Ringing this bell marked another notch on my belt on this journey. It’s ok that I’m not finished yet. Sure, I still have my targeted chemotherapy (Herceptin) that I take every 3 weeks, and will through August. Sure I still have a good 2 more surgeries to go. But this is a MAJOR victory!!! Finishing this leg of my treatment is a HUGE one!!!! Supported by so many through your thoughts, love and prayers… I’ve come so far. My family has come so far. Nothing can stop us now. We’re gonna finish this race. We’re gonna keep truckin full force in hopes for remission in the fall and a cure in 5 years as planned. I’m ready! We’ve got this. Better yet, God’s got this!
*Last, but certainly not least, I feel blessed. I know that the gravity of my diagnosis and that I have every day to be thankful for, and I am. Thank you, God, for every minute more that you give me with my family. Life is precious and I am so thankful to have more opportunity to get out there and live it!
I know I ain’t no angel, but I’m ready to fly! With every leg of this journey completed, I fly a little higher.
Thank you to the Big Guy upstairs for that!
It is indeed A WONDERFUL LIFE.
…you may not have been with me then, but you were with me in spirit. So go ahead and click on the link below and dance with me now! I’m a disco baby (went to disco lessons with my amazing mama while I was in the womb. Night Fever was my greatest lullaby! With Radiation behind me, there won’t be any Disco Inferno here. Only bell ringin’.. so click it, baby! You know you wanna Shake Your Groove Thing!