#MyLeftBoob #BreastCancer Chronicles: Chemo 2 Done, 6 to Go, #LoveWins

love wins

Today was chemo #2 and again I am blown away by the kindness and generosity of family, friends and even total strangers donating, delivering meals and blessing me with rides/and a scholarship so my daughter can continue lessons at Gilleoghan Irish Dance, books, gifts, haircuts, cookware, massages, and love. THANK YOU! Love always wins. Good always wins. And kindness keeps flowing forward like a river as long as you share it.

Speaking of kindness… my sister-in-law took me to my appointment today and got a crash course in what a chemo patient goes through: First you get weighed, then the precautionary “pee in a cup” to make sure there are no more wee ones on the way (there isn’t), then it’s a lovely little finger prick to top it all off to check red/white cell counts, followed by blood pressure monitoring. My heart rate was pretty high but I hate needles so after the needle was put away it slowed back down to normal. Phew!

The doctor gave me a prescription for mouth sores, another side effect of ACT. My chemo nurse hooked me up to the I.V. through the port and started the steroid and anti-nausea meds. After about an hour came the red medicine, Adriamycin, that I like to call hummingbird nectar. I was okay at first but then started feeling very light-headed so the nurse switched to a slow drip.

The whole process takes about 4 hours and thankfully I had my sister-in-law with me because the hubs had to work his 2 jobs to try to keep up with these bills!

As soon as I got home my sister greeted me with a home-cooked dinner for 4: roasted chicken, scalloped potatoes and green beans. It’s so nice not to have to worry about cooking when I don’t feel well.

Then the doorbell rang again and it was Figs Wood Fired Bistro in Sandy Hook delivering us another dinner! The owner reached out to me to let me know she read about my illness on Newtown Patch, the online news site I work for, and wanted to help. The young man who delivered was so sweet and said he read my story on my GoFundMe page and was praying for me. I was moved to tears when opening the card from Figs’ owner Kristina, who I had the pleasure of meeting when I opened a non-profit healing arts center (SHACK – Sandy Hook Arts Center for Kids) after the tragedy of 12/14.

The card read in part, “It made me happy that you’ve felt God’s presence in your life and shared the scripture ‘God is Love.’ I immediately thought of a slogan [Love Wins] from Ana Grace’s family. Stay strong!” Figs recently began a service where they deliver delicious dinners, free of charge, to people in need. If you know of someone who could be helped by this, please click here.

 

In the box that came with the dinner, was a beautiful necklace that says “Love Wins.” I will cherish it as a reminder of Ana Grace Marquez, one of the children who passed away in the tragedy, and all of the Sandy Hook angels. Even on the darkest days I will remember that love does always win, good can come from evil.

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Another amazing organization I have been blessed by is Bethel-based, SCOTTY Fund. They’ve been delivering meals twice a week which has been a huge help. It’s completely volunteer run and was started by Linda Anderson in honor of her son, 3-year-old Scotty Anderson, who passed away from cancer. THANK YOU Linda and anonymous angels. Linda will be honored with an award this Saturday for all of the work she does to help others. Congratulations Linda, it is very much deserved!

The last blessing of the day was my sister Becky, owner of Salon Kamala in Bethel, CT., giving me a wicked cool, super short, 80’s do. But you’ll have to wait until later tonight or tomorrow for pix when my daughter shows me how to make a Pic Stitch collage. Stay tuned!

Thank you again everyone so much for your kindness. Please visit the links below to learn more about these amazing, generous organizations:

http://www.scottyfund.org/

http://anagraceproject.org/

http://www.figswoodfiredbistro.com/

http://gilleoghan.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Salon-Kamala/292010257491577

Paying it forward is something I plan on doing after I’m better, and something I do now by raising awareness for early detection. Click here to read more and to see a #MyLeftBoob photo gallery.

To anyone who is currently battling cancer: STAY STRONG! Stay sassy! Stay connected with positive people. Only fill your mind with good thoughts. And when you think you are done fighting, let others pick you up and help you fight some more. You can do this!!!!  And if you don’t think you can, please look at the beautiful smile of this gorgeous 17-month-old’s face while he is going through chemo…. click here. If he can do it with a smile on his face then so can I! You inspire me to keep smiling Riley!!!! 🙂

I want to end this post with one more scripture that has brought me comfort when fear tries to creep in….

“6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds.” ~Philippians 4:6,7 New Living Translation

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