Wow…a week goes by quickly. So thankful to have a home to relax in and cats to cuddle while I am here. Thankful for family and friends who visit and help to “entertain” me while I am home.
If you follow this blog you know that, following my last treatment, I had a rough time. I have been dreading returning for another treatment. I remember when my nephew was receiving chemotherapy. He would just start to feel better and be due for another treatment and know that he would go right back to not feeling well again. It takes a really strong person not to give up!
Today I had George drive me by work to see some window decorations. Photos have been on Facebook, but I really wanted to see the decorating, done by my co-workers, for myself. Hopefully, I figured out how to get the photos on here…if not…. they are on my Facebook page.
First off, how impressive it is to see large cancer ribbons (appropriately colored in lime green for lymphoma) on the windows of the building…including the window of my old office. But what you may not be able to tell by the photos, the large ribbons are made from multiple small ribbons. The creativity, time, and energy to make this display is beyond touching. I work with an amazing group of people who are showing their support for me. Truly touching my heart! (Hard to be on the outside at work)
So here I am…heading to Portland for another treatment – still dreading it – but feeling the strength of family and friends. This visit also includes a brain MRI. They are looking to see if there has been a decrease in the size of the mass to signify the treatment is effective.
Remember that sometimes, life throws us a curve and we are often so taken by surprise that we feel helpless. We forget how to summon our strength, square our shoulders, and find hope. When the unexpected happens, it is good to remember, you do not have to accept defeat or bow to circumstances. You just need to call on that courageous spirit within you and remember how capable you are. And if you cannot remember, you are truly blessed to have those around you who will remind you of the qualities that keep you strong and moving forward.
Faith…Hope…. Heart…these are thing things that keep you empowered.
Off to Portland…. significant visit…I will touch base again probably on Tuesday. I did do some research and consulted with a friend, who is a pharmacist, and another friend, who is a doctor, on how to possibly treat the side effects I felt last treatment. I feel better prepared.
Send good thoughts that George have a safe trip up and back today. Send good thoughts that Marcy have a safe trip up and back when she picks me up on (hopefully) Friday! They are amazing people!!!!!
Take the time today to tell someone how important they are to you…nothing like the present…because you cannot count on tomorrow…