|Last day of chemo!!|
|Round 1 (first chemo session)|
|Round 2 (Lost my hair about a week after round 1)|
|My oncologist and I|
Luckily, this year, there was one hurdle I was glad we achieved. Last year, we had to cancel our trip to Florida. This time around, we made it to Florida and had an amazing time just relaxing. This helped me feel at ease knowing that it is still possible to achieve things that I want to do.
I can't help but have tears stream down my face when I reflect on my year. A lot of it has to do with my time during chemo. More specifically, I vividly picture our drive to one of our numerous trips to the hospital during the Spring. It was always a beautiful drive down Lake Shore Drive. We would pass by the John Hancock, Millennium Park, Grant Park, the Museum Campus, etc surrounded by pink and white Flowering Crabapple Allee and Cherry Blossoms trees. Every time I saw those beautiful floral trees along our drive, I kept thinking to myself 'Man, it would be so nice to just explore and walk around the park.' I wanted to so badly. I don't know why but it was on the top of my list. It was so minute but it seemed so amazing to me to be out there. I was just too sick to be able to get out.
Knowing that I am now well enough to get out and surround myself by those gorgeous Flowering Crabapple Allee and Cherry Blossom trees makes me so emotional. As if I am in disbelief that I can really do it. No, I take it back, I really can't believe it. You bet I will be going to those parks and surrounding myself with those trees as soon as they are in season.
I still go in for treatments. I still have my daily struggles. But I can talk about that in some other post. I wanted this post to be more about celebrating what I overcame. I am so blessed and grateful to be here now. I know I still have a ways to go until I feel healed, but I am so glad to be here. I am so happy to be getting 'older'. While most people I know are dreading getting older and turning 30, I am excited to say I look forward to getting old.