I’m free!!!! Radiation is done!! So many feelings: relief, joy, pride, gratitude…
I am absolutely thrilled to be finished with chemo and radiation. It’s been a long haul and I am pleased that I made it through relatively unscathed. I have been fortunate on so many fronts. But it is also a bittersweet feeling: my final radiation was sad from the standpoint of missing all these wonderful ladies who have become my friends over these past seven weeks. (Ladies of NROC, you ROCk!!) I will especially miss Colleen who is one of the most cheerful and fun people I have ever met. It’s been a pleasure getting to know her. And, overall, I received amazing care and compassion from everyone.
Today was definitely a day of celebration. The gang at NROC enjoyed and appreciated the goodie bag I got for them. I got a lovely card from fellow radiat-ee, Maureen. My mom and dad and Ethan got me a beautiful bouquet of Gerber daisies. And David took me out for dinner to celebrate! I enjoyed a nice glass of wine and we toasted the end of this leg of the journey. Thanks to all my friends, including those in cyberspace, who have offered their congratulations on making it to the finish line!
So what’s next?
I have my follow up appointment with my oncologist on April 9th. We will do more labs, determine with some finality my menopausal state, determine what Rx I will take the next five years, and plan my outpatient surgery to remove my port (I really can’t wait for that to be gone!). I also will go back to see my radiologist in a month.
But for now, I will breathe a sigh of relief and revel in achieving this milestone! I enjoyed my last bath for a while, I’m sure. (As a reminder, the 20 minute Epsom salt baths during radiation were a means to protecting my thyroid from the daily radiation.) I was so relaxed, and I thanked the good Lord for getting me through all this.
p.s. As promised, here is the roasted cauliflower recipe I mentioned yesterday: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/roasted_cauliflower/