This has been a really good week.
On Monday I had dinner with my girlfriends, which is always a huge boost for me. Spending time catching up and enjoying much laughter is cathartic. When we left that night, my friend Mary Lee Keeler presented me with a stunning stained glass cross she made for me. She said to wait until I got home to open it. I knew why when I read her sweet note:
“The blue background represents the storm.
The white cross is your ever positive attitude shining through.
The dark amber diamond is your unwavering determination.
The recycled metal frame is your renewed strength when you discovered life from a new perspective!”
Needless to say, her sweet gift touched me deeply. I’m sure Mary Lee and I both would have been boo-hooing in the Chop House parking lot if I had opened it there. We haven’t hung the piece yet, but plan to hang it in an upstairs bedroom window so that it’s front and center on the house. What a wonderful testament it will make to everyone who sees our house!
I had an infusion and started back up with chemo pills last Friday. The side effects escalated very quickly this time and I’ve had to stop taking the pills so the symptoms can subside. The plan is still for me to see Dr. Antonucci on April 6 and have a scan on April 8. After the scan, we’ll have a much better idea of where things stand. I know I’m looking at more chemo, but won’t know how much more, what kind, or how often until after the scan.
A good thing about stopping the pills is that I felt much better almost immediately after stopping them. Feeling better came in handy, as I spoke at an event yesterday evening for Purses with Purpose, the women’s philanthropy group I’m in. It was a good evening, and I truly enjoyed sharing my story with the ladies and young girls at the event. I also loved hearing from the girls our group serves. They’re with different Boys and Girls Clubs locations, and our group is supporting programs that are helping them in many different areas, such as etiquette, healthy living, self esteem and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).
Today I have so much more energy it’s remarkable. I’ve managed to tackle a lot of things that have been languishing as I’ve battled fatigue and chemo brain.
It’s good to be back, even if it’s only temporary,