Friday, July 23, 2010

33 down, 0 to go!

8 rounds of chemo: $87,000

Bi-lateral mastectomy: $85,000

33 rounds of radiation: $65,000

Being done with treatment and cancer free: Priceless!!

My last radiation treatment was today. I know I have a lot left to do still with the reconstruction, but hey - the hard part is over!

To celebrate, I had dinner with a few friends last night. I tried to invite the friends who visited me in the hospital during my surgery, came over and cooked for me or hung out with me when I was sick with chemo, reassured me (for the thousandth time) that I do *not* look like an alien with no eyebrows, and just supported and loved me through the roughest time that I hope none of them will ever have to come close to going through. Having all of these amazing people around me is such a blessing. I don't know how I can ever repay them for everything they've done. Maybe I can work out a 30 year payment plan, that ought to cover it (plus interest).

Today at work, they took down the "Cristal" tree. They decorated our Christmas tree in pink ornaments and kept the tree up this entire time that I've been going through treatment. Since I'm done and cancer free, we had a ceremonial taking down of the tree and BBQ lunch (plus a cake!). My boss said some really nice things and I got all misty eyed. Then I said some dopey things and told them all to go away before I started crying. I'm really lucky to be at a job where I have such great support and understanding.

Ok, enough sentimental ramblings for now.


  1. Happy, happy, happy day! And just in time for a birthday soon? Sending you congrats on ending this treatment/torture, a big gentle hug and happy birthday wishes! You have so much to celebrate! xoxoxoxo

  2. Congratulations! I stumbled upon you on such a momentous occasion! YAY! Screw you, cancer.