Thursday, January 13, 2011

Chemo is finished!

"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds"  It also won’t keep Traci from receiving her 6th of 6 chemotherapy treatments!

Wow, what a day yesterday was!  60 minutes to get to the hospital that is 20 minutes away.  190 minutes to get back home and no we were not walking.  Icy roads, crazy southern drivers, and a city still pretty much paralyzed from Snowmageddon 2011 made it tough but chemotherapy treatments for my dear wife are over now.  The side effects and follow up lab work remain over the next three weeks but the drip is now a thing of the past.  Thank you God!

 

It was, as all trips to “The Chair” have been, a bittersweet thing though.  Saying goodbye to a staff that hugs us when we arrive and leave was hard.  Saying goodbye to fellow patients on journeys of their own was also hard.  They rejoiced with us while still aware of or not knowing at all how long their respective journeys will last. 

 

We also had two consultations yesterday with doctors who basically reminded us that the issue of radiation is still up in the air.  That is hard to hear on one hand but is what we have been told and expected on the other.  Our desire to “get it all over with” causes our heart to run out in front of our head sometimes.  In three weeks they and our radiation oncologist will have reviewed the results of the Oncotype DX test and we can make a decision then.  To fret about it or press now for a decision to be made is simply counterproductive.  Weather the effects of this last treatment, report to the lab as normal for blood work and in three weeks we will deal with that issue.  So…we wait.

 

And now we present our day in pictures…

 

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The drip.  The chair.  The end!

 

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The Hero and her sidekick leaving the treatment
room for the last time.

 

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Traci receives from Christy, the world’s most wonderful oncolology professional,
the “Purple Heart Award” for completing her chemotherapy treatment.

 

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Our fan club as we pulled into Traci’s parent’s garage at about 7 p.m. last night.

 

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The sparkling apple cider had been on ice for days.  Finally, at 8 p.m.
last night we cracked it open! 

 

We do ask for your prayers for Traci over the next few days.  We’re moving back to Monroe today, planning for a birthday party on Saturday and trying to reboot school, work and home life over the next few days.  Much assistance from above will be needed for that. 

 

So, that is where we stand right now.  Traci looks forward to no more drips, steroids, hair loss or chemo side effects.  S l o w l y, normal is creeping its way back.

 

Until next time, we are humbled by your love and care and grateful for your friendship and prayer,

Rob

 

P.S.  Yes, that rhymed and I did not even mean for it too.  Wow!

 

Rob Browne

Director of Russian Operations

 

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