Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Run/ Walk/ Bike/ Elliptical (Today: 0.00 miles; Running Total: 241.03 miles)
Day 277 of *Another* 100 Days of Good Karma.
This morning I did the 35 Min Body Weight Workout from a few weeks ago. I was short on time, so I wanted something quick.
After treatment, one of the radiation nurses said to me, “I’m going to miss you seeing you every day when treatment ends.”
She’s one of my favorite nurses, but I didn’t know what to say. I still have mixed feelings about treatment ending, but the predominant feeling is one of relief. I settled for, “You’ve all been amazing.”
She laughed. “As in, ‘you’ve all been amazing, but I never want to come back’?”
I grinned sheepishly. “Kind of?”
She just patted my shoulder and helped me off the table. “That’s okay. We understand. But we’ll miss you anyway.”
And you know what? I’ll miss them, too. All of the techs, all of the nurses, all of the physicians assistants and doctors, they’ve been my team. They’ve been an endless source of encouragement and information and wisdom (not the same thing as information).
These men and women who work with cancer patients every day are a special kind of medical professional. I don’t think I could do it. In the face of something so hard they are upbeat and smiling. Every single one that I encountered. Maybe they haven’t all been through cancer themselves, but they know, they see, how high the stakes are.
I had to stop in to see my doctor’s nurse for more of the burn treatment strips. I’ve seen this nurse before. She administered the Neulasta injection several times after chemo. It’s been months since I’ve seen her, and yet, she remembered me.
She asked, “When’s your last treatment?”
“Tomorrow.” I couldn’t keep the grin off my face when I said it.
“Congratulations! Are you gonna ring the bell?”
“Oh yeah. I think I’ve earned it.”
“Well you ring it so hard we’ll hear it up on the third floor, okay?”
“You have a deal.”
Today’s silver lining: It’s almost over. I can’t believe it, but it’s true.
Thank you to my team. Thank you to all my readers and friends and family, for joining me in this journey and for all your encouragement. Thank you, God, because if You’re there, You surely had a hand in getting me through this.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
What’s your silver lining today? I love comments!
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