Today is my last chemo treatment. Can't believe it. I remember looking at the calendar back in November and thinking...February 28th is so far away. Not anymore. It's here and the time has gone relatively quickly for me. Maybe because I have found the treatment to be very manageable. By stayingy consistent with my meds...and keeping the chemo side effects at bay...I have been able to continue to carry on most of my normal activities. That has been a blessing.
But my excitement about "the last chemo" is somewhat muted. Altho, I will begin the healing process after today...something I really look forward to...I also have come to the realization that I will be having PET scans every 3 months for a year. And every six months the second year. I've heard the term from others who are survivors...that you live from scan to scan. And those can be stressful. And until I am cancer-free for 5 years, I will not be considered cured.
So, I have learned to focus on one day at a time...one event at a time...and not get too far ahead of myself. And 5 years can go by in a blink. I can't believe my daughter is already a junior in college...it seems like yesterday we were just getting ready for the junior prom. And I can't believe my youngest son is about to get his driver's license. It seems like yesterday when he came in one day to announce that he taught himself to ride a two-wheeler bike. (Admittedly, sometimes the 3rd child gets lost in the shuffle and has to learn stuff on their own!)
Yes, I am over the moon that so far, my initial PET scan showed I am cancer-free...and I am elated that my 6 chemo treatments are about to be part of my medical history. And I will keep reminding myself that...I am a survivor...even as the journey continues.