Friday, July 31, 2009

A reminder of what it means...

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.


Jen said...


We are celebrating with you as you have finished this part of your journey! We will continue to pray for a quick recovery for you and that you will SOON be able to have chips and salsa once again! :)

Lots of love to you and your family!

Jen Falk

Anonymous said...

Wish I could have been there to celebrate with you but know I was celebrating the final treatment on Wednesday in Montana! My prayers continue to be with you as you continue to recover!

Say hi to Jason and the girls!


Anonymous said...

I'm sorry I missed the celebration but I was there in spirit. I know I would have been crying right along with you and I have to believe there wasn't a dry eye at the house that morning. You are such a strong person and have inspired so many people to be better and stronger in their own lives. I look forward to seeing you out and about and especially at our book clubs again.

Be patient with your healing. It will happen it's own time. Enjoy the fact that you are done and do not have that daily treatment to face.

We all love you very much and celebrate every single day that you are our friend.

Susan Thomas

Anonymous said...

We celebrate with you as you heal after completing your treatments. You have friends in Texas who have been praying for you as you have shared your story with us. The prayers will continue! Love, Barb abd Jack

Gwen Maass said...

AMEN Sue! We've been reading and praying and wish you peace as you begin to heal. October will be here soon enough and you will prevail! Stay strong, and be well, my friend.

Gwen Maass

Anonymous said...

Sue, I couldn't be more happy for you right now... You are so strong and brave and all the people who were there with you in person and in spirit were celebrating your strength! We love you in Idaho!
Suzie and family

Anonymous said...

Congragulations, Sue!

Here is a song for you as you heal:

Wonderful, merciful savior
Precious redeemer and friend
Who would've thought that a lamb
would rescue the souls of men

Counselor, comforter, keeper
Spirit we long to embrace
You offer hope when our hearts have
hopelessly lost the

You are the one that we praise
You are the one we adore
You offer healing and grace
our hearts always hunger for

Praying for healing and grace,


Anonymous said...

It was wonderful to read your post and hear how your friends and fammily were able to surround you in love.
Know that you are surrounded in love from near and far.
Missing you!
Suzanne Pendergrass

Anonymous said...

Here is yet another marathon you have completed Sue! You are such a trooper! I knew you could do it! Like I said before, the human body, though fragile, is incredibly strong and wired to survive. I am so happy for you to be done with this chapter!!!
Love, Jen Larson