11/11/11

by on October 28, 2011

Today was my next to last round of chemo – FOREVER! I don’t think I can properly convey how good this feels. My mind is jumping ahead to all the next steps because I want to know the exact plan. When will my mediport come out? When can I do the mapping and tattoos for my radiation? What’s the date of my first zap? Will I get 28 or 33 rounds of rads? After my last chemo, when will I see my oncologist again?

Speaking of my last chemo…wait, I have to say that again because it sounds so good. Speaking of my last chemo, it is not going to be on Thursday the 10th like I thought. Since I have seen the Nurse Practioner the last two rounds, my oncologist needs to see me for the last one. But there were no openings for her on the 10th, so I got pushed to the 11th. I was a little disappointed because it puts it off an extra day, but then I realized: it’s on 11/11/11. I’m taking it as a sign of great luck. Maybe it means I’ll never have to deal with this cancer BS ever again. Maybe it means that my hair will grow back fast and not all crazy curly and be even better than it was before.

And the craziest part? My appointment is at 11 am that day!

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My parents with me today at Chemo #7. I love them so much, more than I am able to express.

The other thing I have been thinking about is how grateful I am for everyone in my life. Man, I have so many thank yous to get out there to them. I have received nothing but love and support from my family and friends. My husband has been absolutely amazing; my rock. My parents are the absolute best. When this stuff all started, they came to all my appointments with me as we tried to wrap our heads around the diagnosis and what my treatments options were. Almost every single day, I have a card in the mail from someone in my family or from a sweet friend. My Dad’s side of the family pooled together money to help defray the cost of my real hair wig (I can’t even begin to express my gratitude and appreciation for that!). My aunts have sent food down with my Mom when she stays at our house for every chemo. My Mom cooks so much good stuff for us when she stays with us. I have received so many thoughtful gifts and encouraging words in my Inbox and on Facebook. I am so humbled by everyone’s generosity.¬†And I can’t forget the new wonderful friends I have made who have faced this same beast and have helped me so much in getting through this. You know who you are: M, N, A, L & T. I am so glad to have met you and have you in my life.

I am only allowed to have two people with me during my treatments and I have had two kind souls with me each and every time. It’s been a combo of my Mom, my Dad, my hubs, my bestie Lesley, and even our friend Ally joined me for one of them. Amazing. Thank you so much, I love you all.

T-minus 15 days to my very last chemo. And then on to bigger and better things.

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Lesa October 28, 2011 at 2:09 am

I think it’s a very good sign 11.11.11 at 11 and we will need to celebrate! Kasi you have been so brave through this whole scary ordeal and Dad and I are so very proud of you and love you so much. Eye on the prize my darling daughter and soon this will beast will be in the rear view mirror for both your and your wonderful husband!! Xoxo

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Kasi October 29, 2011 at 1:52 am

I love you and Dad so much! Couldn’t have gotten through this without you guys! I will have my party shoes on for 11/11/11. xxxooo

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Miya Goodrich-Phillips October 28, 2011 at 3:05 am

So happy for you, Kasi! Almost finished! The time will fly, :)

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Kasi October 29, 2011 at 1:54 am

Thanks so much, Miya! I’m so happy to have met you! :-)

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Nicole Bills October 28, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Congratulations Kasi! The only thing that feels better then one round of chemo left is no rounds of chemo left!! We must have been on similar schedules because I’ll be celebrating my 1 year anniversary from completing chemo that same weekend :) . Time flies by so quickly!! Youll have a full head of hair (hopefully not as curly and fro-y as mine!) before you know it.

Radiation will be a piece of cake compares to chemo. I was really nervous about the tattoos…which really are no big deal at all. I couldnt find them anymore if I tried! I had 33 rounds of radiation and had no issues at all. My skin did get pretty red by the end, but no worse then a sunburn. I think I put pictures on my blog. Regardless, I have some from my last day if you want to see the worst that it ever got.

Hope you are feeling ok from this past round of chemo! Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way :)

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Kasi October 29, 2011 at 1:59 am

Nicole, thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my blog! I’m so sorry, I have lurked on your blog for quite awhile and hadn’t left you a comment – even though I love your blog! It has been so inspirational and helpful to me to see someone getting through this and getting back to normal life!

I’m so glad to hear that radiation was a cake walk and that you don’t even notice the tattoos anymore. I have seen the pics on your blog and it didn’t look too bad at all. What did you use on your skin? I was thinking of trying emu oil and Miaderm lotion, have you heard of it?

You’re gorgeous! Thanks for putting your blog out there to help people like me see the light at the end of a very long and dark tunnel! And thank you so much for the positive thoughts and prayers – I’ll chat ya over on your blog! :-)

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Lesley November 1, 2011 at 4:46 pm

I agree! 11-11-11 has to be a good sign for a good person who deserves nothing but the best from here on out!!! Looking forward to celebrating with you :)

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Kasi November 1, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Les, it’s only fitting that you were at my first and will be at my last. LAST EVER! Can’t wait to see you!! :-)

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Lori November 7, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Rock on girl…definitely a sign from the universe for you! I can’t wait until I can say…my next to last chemo treatment…3 more months or 12 depending on which way you look at it. Keep kickin’ ass! Pixie

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Kasi November 8, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Thanks Pixie!! I never thought I would get here…and you will get there, too!! It doesn’t seem possible but then it happens! <3

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Heidi November 11, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Just found your blog and am rejoicing with you that you are at your last chemo today! I finished my last chemo (Paclitaxol) 3 weeks ago now and am so glad to be done. Still have radiation which starts next week but I feel like things can only get better from here. I found my own lump when I was 35 and have a similar pathology to yours except I’m HER 2 +. But I’ll be on the tamoxafin train with you! Take care and keep moving forward!

heidi

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Kasi November 12, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Hi Heidi! Thank you so much for leaving a comment! Congrats on being done and starting rads next week! You are so getting there and you are right – things can only get better than here! I am so excited to be done chemo and be able to get all these chemicals and meds out of my body! woohoo!!

Tamoxifen train starts in February. Not too excited about all the side effects I’ve read about but it is what it is, I guess! :-) Good luck with rads, keep in touch and take good care!

Kasi

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