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Monday, January 27, 2014

Hip Hip Hooray.....It's Sue's Day !!!

Monday January 27, 2014

To some of you this may be just another Monday........just another start of another week......the near end of another month.  But if I remember correctly from a brief conversation I had with her, today for my fellow breast cancer friend Sue, this is Hip Hip Hooray Day.  The day of her last radiation treatment.  Big huge warm hug Sue and enormous congratulation.

For those of you who've not been through the trials and tribulations of fighting breast cancer this is a big day.  If you had to go through chemo, which Sue did, they (the oncologists) usually have you do  chemo first and then you start your radiation.  

Chemo is brutal and when you finish it.......that day too is defining--very defining.  When the chemo starts fading--and there are days when you think it won't--there are days when your white blood count goes scary low--there are days when you just want to give up.  But if you are lucky enough like I was in my first battle and like Sue was in this battle to have someone who encourages you to not give up--to fight the fight---that never stops making you believe you can win this battle then you are so blessed and you get through the nasty nasty days of chemo.  

And then the radiation starts and although it doesn't knock you to the ground like's tiring to travel every single weekday to get the treatment. Not to mention that the process of radiating your body is traumatic and the fatigue can be so (for lack of a better word)....almost debilitating.  When the last day of radiation comes, it's like a finale.  It's the end of a long long grueling battle and it can be emotional (as I said on my post of my last day) because you've done it.......

You've done it Sue.  You may not feel like it just yet, but you are a survivor! You can  proudly say .......
Years from now you will look back on this time and not remember all of the bad days--the days you wanted to give up---the days you thought you might not make it--you'll look back and think......I made it through that dark time in my life!  I didn't give up!  As they say in the breast cancer world, I put the gloves on and "I fought like a girl" !!!!