Monday, June 20, 2011

It is finished

Finished. Over. Finito. Don't let the door hit 'ya where the good Lord split 'ya. Round 6 is now officially in the record books. And I have to say, not a day too soon as far as I'm concerned.

Now, I'm not done with chemo, mind you. In fact, I have a full year to go. Have I mentioned that wee little detail? But as far as I'm concerned I could do this next chemo with one IV tied behind my back! It's one little drug that takes 1/2 hour to go in, I get my hair, my eyelashes, my energy and my appetite back. Four things I dearly love and have missed. I will have bloody boogers, which can come in handy as cool party tricks. Other than chemo once every three weeks, blood draws twice in there and a Dr's appointment as well (hey, wait a minute, they tricked me... I'm not done AT ALL!) I'm home free.

I took in some LuLee's Lollies to *share with the class* on my big day. They were a hit. But what was hilarious was that there were two other ladies finishing up chemo today too. And we all brought treats. I swear there were people from other parts of the hospital hitting up our party. We had fruit pizza, chocolate chip cookies, pretzels with rolos and fruit and dip. It was a true graduation party. I hugged nurses, high fived other patients, was a pain in the butt to the new lady who was starting, I'm sure. But it felt good. I get to go in three more times this week (2 days for shots and one day for a lab draw) and three times next week, on my *off week*. Once for a CT scan, once for a Dr.'s appointment and finally for another lab draw. So now that I'm *finished*, I get to go more than most patients. Glamorous, right?!

Please save the date of Saturday, July 9th. Don't you worry, it's not just the people in the chemo room who get to party it up. YOU DO TOO! We are throwing an "I survived 6" post chemo party from 2-5 at the park in my neighborhood. And if you've ever read this blog, said a prayer, gave ten cents, gave a rip, sent a card, sent a gift, or are breathing and just want to come, then you are invited. There will be cake and goodies and a park for your kids to play in. I sincerely hope we pack the park out and run out of cake and goodies because so many of you come. We want to thank you for the involvement you've had in our lives through this. I'll do another specific post on the party but I wanted to give you a heads up.

After this, I hope I can get back to blogging about stuff that is lighter, funnier and more whimsical (because, Oh my, don't those three words describe me to a T? Ha!) than my journey through cancer. But hey, it is what it is, right?

16 comments:

betseykerr said...

Bravo my friend! Job well done!!!! Wish I would be there to celebrate in person, I will be in there in spirit! But, I do believe we have another momentous occasion to celebrate in our near future and we will all be together for one big group hug! Yeah to Steve and all his hard work and support! Great job!

The Wellmans said...

I love your spirit in this post! I told Jared we had to celebrate with you and he said..."How do you know we're invited?" I read the "criteria" and said, we can go :). Thanks for your updates E and how real you've been throughout this journey!

The Halters said...

Fantastic, dear one!!!! You finished strong. We rejoice with you and look forward with you to better days ahead. You are another blessing in our world...while praying for you we have also been praying for a dear friend in St Louis who waited on a liver due to cancer. You have both received healing on this earth and we are so thankful.

We would be with you and Steve in the park on the 9th but will have to choose "in spirit" this time. We go to another state to celebrate a wedding. We'll count on all the rest of your supporters to rally strong and celebrate loudly :)

May peace and strength return to you threefold. Love to you and Steve,
Sharon & Bill

Anonymous said...

Yea! Way to persevere Elizabeth! I am so happy for you.

Michele Braceros

Anonymous said...

Yea! Way to persevere Elizabeth! I am so happy for you.

Michele Braceros

Colleen said...

WhooHoo! So excited for your party and the beginning of a new chapter in your life!

Hugs and smooches to you and your sweet family! Congrats to you.

Jeni said...

Hooray!!! I am so happy for you. Praise the Lord...you did it!!

neil said...

congrats and well done, so far. we so wish we could come celebrate with you and steve and your kids, but we won't be back until the beginning of august. we'll see you then!

-neil and kristi rogers

Yummy Boy Mummy said...

Planning to celebrate with you in spirit from GA on 7/9! Praising God for this mega milestone of 6! Have been following your journey (special thanks to Mommin' it Up) and plan to continue going doing so. God is doing mighty things through you! Thank you for sharing.

jenny said...

SO thrilled you have made it through the "nasty" chemo. I could not get you off my mind today....what a joyous day this is!!! Praying His hand on you as you enter this next "chapter"....that He would give you peace that passes ALL understanding. Rejoice in this big victory, friend! Love to you!

KTC said...

So happy!! And, since it is 1:11 am, let me be the first to say, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Love you!!

Stacie@HobbitDoor said...

Yay! Yay! Yay! So excited for you. We'll be celebrating in spirit from WA. We'd love to host you here sometime if you all are looking for a fun vacation spot. Lulee's Lollies sure are cute. We are so thrilled for you!

jenny from mommin' it up said...

Yay E!!!Rejoicing with you that the truly rough stuff is over! Praying with you through the rest of it! I am super-bummed we will be in Virginia on your party day. :( We'll be there in spirit. PLEASE have my piece of cake for me.

Marisa said...

YAY! So good to hear! I may be able to make it to the party. I do have one other obligation that afternoon, but I would love to swing by!

Barb Farley said...

I was out of town and looked at the date yesterday.......and thought to myself "Elizabeth should be done!" SUPER excited for you!! Way to endure! Enjoy getting those 4 things back that you have missed.....very cool. Continuing to pray for you!

wildflower said...

Hurrah! I am super happy you have finished with that part of your recovery.