I have to say something about the nurses who've been treating me at the NIH Day Hospital all these months - they are wonderful, awesome ladies who deserve a special round of applause. CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP! Just before I left yesterday, Vanessa brought in all of the nurses and they sang, "For She's a Jolly Good Fellow," gave me a special "purple heart" certificate to congratulate me on finishing chemo, and gave me a cake. Mike and I were so touched by this. I'm still in a bit of shock that the chemo part is done and now I need to get through the next couple of weeks of a possible hospital stay and then THE TESTS to see if Priscilla is gone.
I took myself to lunch today at Bob Evans and a lady wearing an American Cancer Society Relay for Life t-shirt came up to me and asked what kind of cancer I have. She was very sweet and shared her own story of how she is a one year breast cancer survivor. I sat down to eat and she came over later and, with tears in her eyes, handed me an inspirational magnet that she wanted me to have to motivate me and encourage me. She said she was so proud of me. After she left, I started thinking about everything I've been through and I started to cry just a little. I am so thankful for the support and love I've received these past few months and it means so much to be nearing the end of my chemo road. I can't wait until I can spot another cancer survivor in restaurant and motivate him or her to keep pushing through the bad times. When I started, I thought this would be so difficult and I was scared. I'm still scared sometimes, but I've been through some dark times and I'm still fighting. I've laughed and cried through the pain and heartache, but I'm still fighting and I'll continue to fight. Priscilla has definitely not taken me down with her.