On Wednesday, after my last and final radiation therapy session, I was once again reminded what it means to be held, what it means to be loved. As we pulled into our driveway, there were my friends anxiously awaiting for our arrival. Our house was decorated with balloons and with one large sign saying "You Reached The Finish Line." Immediately the tears started
flowing and I couldn't believe that these people would go out of their way to help celebrate this milestone in my life. Words cannot explain how I felt other than I simply felt loved and held. It was a special time for me to give each and every one of them a hug and to thank them for the endless words of encouragement and the support they have given to me and my family these past months. But the surprise did not end there. A huge basket with a multitude of gifts were sitting on my front step. Each of them carefully selected to reflect the things that I missed during treatment, things I am looking forward to the most once I am through recovery or things that were had special meaning . The basket included a Diet Coke, marshmallows for the fire pit, fireworks, books from our book club, a beautiful plate with a birds nest on it...the list could go on. There are few times in my life that I can tell you about that I have been deeply impacted by the act of love from others. This is one of those times.
So these past couple of days I wish I could tell you that I have been on the fast road to recovery. Unfortunately, I am not. Nausea has set in again and I am fighting trying to keep things in my stomach. It is hard to be patient and not get anxious about the healing process. Of course, I wish I could go out and eat a steak tomorrow, but that is just not going to happen. But it could not come soon enough.
I placed some pictures of the celebration on this blog, but I also posted a picture of what it was like for me during radiation therapy...mask and all. Thought you might be interested in seeing it.
Please continue to pray for quick healing and that I will have the patience to get through this. Again, again and again, thank you all for everything you have done for me!!! I feel so blessed.