Done! After almost $500,000 in medical billings and innumerable doctor appointments, biopsies, surgeries, chemo treatments, radiation, and thousands of miles, I am done.
Radiation turned out to be a lot harder than I expected. It may have been at least equal to if not harder than chemo, which I would never have expected. Because of the daily grind of commuting to Boston every day, and the fact that my skin broke down towards the end, it was not the "easy part" of treatment. My skin is still sprouting new open areas and I have sore ribs, tight muscles and a swollen chest. I'm sure it will improve soon. The good news is that I seem to have escaped any extreme fatigue. Must be those pre-natal vitamins (which are also helping my hair grow pretty fast).
It's time to get on with life! We are planning a trip to Florida in February and then our big splurge will be Paris with our daughters in late May. At the moment I am enjoying not planning around the next doctor visit or treatment. I do have a follow-up visit with my medical oncologist next Wednesday, which I fully expect to be routine. I'll see the Plastic Surgeon the first week in March and a follow-up appointment with the Radiation Oncologist in June. Hey, the whole month of February with no medical appointments...how cool is that after 20 straight months?!?
I couldn't have done this without the love and support of all my family and friends. I felt your presence throughout this entire ordeal. I hope we never have to do this again, but you all made the journey so much easier.
Don't be surprised if I don't post much between now and when I get going on reconstruction later this year. In this case, no news is definitely good news!
With deep gratitude for your love, friendship, prayers, healing and positive energy,