It has been one month since my last chemo treatment...and I am feeling pretty good.
In fact, thanks to a 20 pound weight loss, I am feeling really good about myself. I really don't want to gain back any of the weight, since I had about 20 pounds I needed to lose. And since I am down a couple of pant sizes, I needed to get some new jeans. My daughter talked me into getting a pair of skinny jeans...which you can see at our regular Mary Beth and Rick blogsite.
Unfortunately, those jeans were so skinny, I could not wait to get home and peel them off. And later that night, my husband looked at my ankles and wondered if they were a bit swollen. Holy crap! Had the skinny jeans cut off my circulation enough to make my ankles swollen? Even my diplomatic co-workers thought the jeans were a tad tight around my calves. Very attractive. So, the skinny jeans went back to the store...and instead I purchased the jeans pictured above...not skinny jeans...but "thin" jeans. Much more comfortable and way less constricting!
Although I no longer have to go to the Hickman Cancer Center for my chemo treatments...my last one, thankfully, was 3 weeks ago...I still go there for my aftercare. And I am glad of it. The care has been exceptional and the people who work there have given me such tremendous confidence in dealing with my health issues that I just can't thank them enough.
I have often wondered how the Hickman Center got its name...and just who are the Hickmans to have lent their name to this wonderful facility?
I have passed this plaque many times as I head to my doctor appointments...but one day, I finally stopped and read it and learned about this remarkably philanthropic family.
Back in the 1940's...Charlie Hickman began his company in Adrian, Michigan...now known as Brazeway, Inc...considered a world leader in refrigeration heat transfer technology.
In 1996, after being personally affected by cancer, Virginia Hickman and their 6 sons and their families started the Hickman Cancer Center in their hometown of Adrian...at the Bixby Medical Center...a member of the ProMedica Health System.
So, when the Flower Hospital Cancer Center was planning to expand...also part of the ProMedica System...Dave, Shelly, Steve and Sally Hickman became an invaluable part of the process...and on September 29, 2008...the Hickman Cancer Center on the campus of Flower Hospital was dedicated in the honor of the Hickman Family and their tremendous generosity.
The family's goal was to make sure all cancer patients have access to the very best in technology and care without having to leave their community. And can I say, as a recipient of that excellent technology and care, our community is lucky to have the Hickman Center here.
I can be the egg and the Easter Bunny all at the same time! Hopefully, my hair will start growing back by time Easter rolls around.
Recently, a big hat box arrived at my house...sent from one of my best friends from high school...Mary Pat. She just learned I have been undergoing chemo therapy. So, she shared with me that 10 to 15 years ago a giant hatbox started getting filled by cancer patients who put in hats, cards, inspirational items and other things to help other patients during their trying times. And when you are done using the items, put some of your hats in it...maybe a card or letter telling your story...and send the box on...to someone you know who could use the encouragement. What a great idea! I don't even know most of the women I've read about...but I feel such a kinship with them. Similar to the feeling I had when I gave birth...like I belong to a special club.
These bunny ears were in the big hat box...arriving just in time for spring, Easter and some silliness on my part. Now I can't wait to find some weird headgear to put in the box...and happily send the box onto the next special person.