For those of you still reading this Blog, “Good on you! …and thank you.” I’m happy to have you on this journey where sanity sometimes crashes with lunacy and positivity and optimism are occasionally (and just temporarily) drowned out by despair, anger and exhaustion.
I’m happy to report that we (and by “we” I mean Arielle) have reached our first “milestone!” As of yesterday, she has completed her first full cycle of chemotherapy. In layman’s terms, and for her, that entailed 7 individual chemo treatments, plus two extra just for good measure and because she’s kind of a pain in the neck! If all goes well she has two (possibly three) more cycles, or 14 more individual treatments. She hopes to be done in mid September and then surgery to get what is left of the tumor.
It’s funny, 6 months ago the word “milestone” had a very different connotation to me. As a Program/Project Manager I used the term frequently, but never really gave it much thought and it certainly didn’t have the celebratory feel as it does today! It was simply a point in time by which a series of tasks were to be completed, so that the next series of tasks could begin. …not a very big deal really and if you didn’t meet the milestone date, you simply changed it.
Today that word (and her accomplishment) mean so much more! I know it’s only a cycle of chemo and I know a lot of other people have had many more treatments with more severe side effects, but to me… well my kid was kicked in the gut and thrown down to hell before being dragged back here to this horrible reality. And although there were a few tough moments along the way, she took it on the chin, got up, brushed herself off, looked it in the eye and just kept going.
She has a long road ahead of her, but today as we celebrate this this very important milestone, I am so very happy and unbelievably proud of her. If she can do this… she can do anything.