Princess for a day...


I can honestly compare my first chemo treatment 
to a fairy tale. Most of them are full of love, happiness, a few evil situations, and then a marvelous happy ending.  Today was just that!
Yes, I just said that my first chemo treatment was like a fairy tale.  Here's why...

From the moment the prick was made into my port to access it for chemo and prepare for my triple negative "cocktail", to the nurse taking my vitals and calming me down after my blood pressure was OUT OF THE ROOF, to meeting the sweetest, prettiest nurse practitioner, Amanda, and then being assigned my beautiful oncologist nurse, Paige...every moment of the day was easy.  



My nurse Paige made the whole process not one bit scary and showed such grace as she did her job.  The actual chemo lasted from about 10-1 and then she set me free!  


Along with the good, there was the bad.  The evil parts of course, just like every fairy tale has.  My attitude walking in was just like how the stepmother felt towards Cinderella.  She didn't really like her and well I don't really like this cancer.  I hate that I have it and that so many people I love have had to fight this very battle.  I hate that it takes people too quickly from us and that new cases are being diagnosed daily.  And talk about evil...needles are one of my biggest fears and so the pinch of the needle and seeing the meds go into my body, those were the evil parts of the the story. And the Adriamycin drug is known as the "red devil" and when I heard that, that drug immediately became something that I hated but loved at the same time.  Hopefully this will help shrink the cancer immediately so there are some mixed feelings toward it.  



But overall the procedure itself was painless and way better than I expected.  My little room was beautiful and I felt as if I was on the beach watching these sea grass like plants sway in the wind.  Having my family and friends there helped so much!  It was a revolving door and I wouldn't have had it any other way.  From flowers being delivered, yummy lunch brought in by my sweet high school friends, and goodie bags galore...who wouldn't be happy?  



Starting the day with a sweet church friend, Miss Linda, and ending the treatment with Sister Dorothy, from the hospital, to pray over me left me speechless.  What a wonderful name of Jesus I heard from both of these ladies. A friend sent this to me and it just reminded me of this very day..."you are a princess....and you deserve everything your father King has to offer because of JESUS.  He desires his best for you....and He is supplying your needs...not one tear falls that he isn't aware of....the hairs of your head are numbered so that He can replace them when the time comes...what he leads you to, he leads you through. OH YES, and he loves you so much."

Just a great day overall and one step closer to the end of this journey.  The only thing missing was my ball gown and some glass slippers so I had to wear some cute, cute socks! 

I even had my Prince Charming there.  And I just know that the most magical prayers throughout the day were being sent to our Lord from all of my tribe.  

Now for some amazing events of the day:

A couple of weeks ago I found out that a former
parent and friend was going to be at the hospital on August 9 getting her last chemo to end her battle of breast cancer so we had to celebrate her!!!!  So enjoyed spending time with both of these ladies.  And Hollis...you must be exhausted from running back and forth from cubicle to cubicle. 

See they treated Beverley like royalty too!  Miss Hollis is Beverly's best friend and also a cancer survivor so spending lots of the day with these two warriors was awesome!  

And then the grand finale of the fairy tale happened.  The magical ending I guess you could say!  Just as I was packing up and getting ready to be unhooked and released, my  oncologist, Dr. Dyar, and my nurse navigator, Becky Steele, surprised me with a visit to share some HUGE news.  

They explained that they had selected me to be the Team Captain in honor of breast cancer survivors for the Clemson Tigers vs. Georgia Tech game in Death Valley on October 28.  Oh my goodness!  I could've passed out.  Y'all don't even know how exciting this was.  Everyone in the room was in tears.  Me??!!  You choose me?  I couldn't help but tell them I was ALL IN and we ended with lots of high fives and hugs.  So on that Saturday, I get to meet the Swinneys, enjoy the game in a suite, receive a football (maybe on field-Lord willing) and share my story through video on the jumbo-tron during halftime.  It is my only hope to share how our Lord Jesus has given me an overwhelming peace throughout every pass of this game that I'm currently playing in.  The game of Cancer.  The final play of being told I'm cancer free will be just as exciting as that last pass in the Alabama/Clemson National Championship game.  So...if you have season tickets or need to search for some tickets, do!  And if you have extras for that weekend that my family and friends can buy from you, let me know.  Hearing you all cheer from the stands for ALL cancer survivors still living and those who have gone before us, will mean the world to me!  GO TIGERS!  





So after returning home, we got to spend time with some of our best friends.  Crystal and Ashton keep Jett today and I never worried about him once as he adores them.  


Erica, Carter, and Jeremy were also there when we got home to love on us.


We released the bright green balloon that my friend Brandi gave me and celebrated being one day closer to our final victory party of being free of Cancer.  My littlest prince in this fairy tale was excited, as balloons are one of his favorite things.  




So that's the story of my first day of Chemo.  It was only this good because God was glorified.  We give him all the glory.    And one more thing...He sent his beautiful angels.  They were the nurses, receptionists, volunteers, my family and friends and everyone else in that facility that I came into contact with.  They kept me close and showed me love.  If only they could've worn the outfit of the fairy godmother.  



Please pray for these next upcoming days.  Pray that the medicine will start shrinking this tumor quickly or even miraculously diminish it away.  Pray that the nausea is minimal or none at all.  Pray for no infection, no bone pain, and for the fatigue.  They say most side effects hit 48 hrs after treatment so we are thinking that Friday and Saturday will be my roughest days.  


With love and thanks for all the pink you rocked today and for the prayers!  


For he shall give His angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways." Psalm 91:11




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  1. I'm so glad your day went so well. And I am thrilled you were chosen to be Team Captain!! That is right up your alley and I know it will be a day you will always remember! Can't wait to see you soon! <3

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  2. Thankful this first day is over. Excited for you about this big day at Clemson. What a testimony for our Lord. God is using you even through this sickness. I'll be praying a special prayer for you this weekend and for all other requests made. Following your journey and praying.

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  4. We will be in Death Valley that Saturday cheering you on from the upper deck! If we have extra tickets are hear of any I will let you know for sure :) Keep strong and keep fighting

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  5. I am thrilled that your first chemo went so well and I am praying that the side effects are minimal. You are an inspiration to many. And, how exciting is being the Captain? Your story will impact many lives.

    Kay Thomason-Brumbaugh David Thomason (Mr. T's) daughter

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