Time to Celebrate!
I received the best possible news from my doctor today! The CT scan shows that the lymph nodes in question have shrunk back to normal – which means that the chemotherapy was a success and I am cancer-free!!
Thank you all so much for every prayer, every good thought, and all of your incredible support. And thank God! To say that this is a relief is of course a gigantic understatement. I am overwhelmed with emotions. It will take a couple months to feel 100% again. Mostly I will still feel tired because this treatment was a bit of a shock to my body. Knowing that this treatment was successful though, makes it all so worth it.
I always thought I would hit the ground running when I graduated college in spring of this year, but instead the power that be decided to push the pause button. This summer has been a long pause, but not necessarily an entirely negative one. I do believe that everything happens for a reason. It has been a time to catch up on that stack of movies and books. A time to take care of myself and learn to cope with the much feared un-productivity. Most of all though, it has been a time to reflect. I have come away from this knowing that we need those pauses every now and again (minus the whole cancer thing though 🙂
Now, it is time to celebrate! I started a bit early and had a beer (pictured above) the other night for the first time in a very long time (I was told chemo + alcohol probably wasn’t a good mix, so I waited). It was delicious, as expected. I look forward to enjoying the rest of the summer with a new peace of mind! It would be all too easy to push away all of these memories and just move on, and I will to some degree, but I can tell you that I will not take my health or this wonderful life for granted.