It’s a Wrap

Well, it’s been quite an adventure and it’s not over yet.  It will still be a few months (they say) until I feel normal again. Of course, I will never be the same again.  And that’s OK.  I am deepened and I have even more trust in the world and the people I love.

Thank you for being with me in this chapter.
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I’m going back to client work now. Please visit me at Third Thought.

Blessings and love to all of you,

maggie

Cancer Survivor? Don’t Love the Term

Now that I have completed my radiation therapy I can start saying that I am a ‘cancer survivor”.  But I choke on the term.  Survivor?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines survive: to remain alive or in existence : live on.  That’s OK but it feels so passive.

So, rather than Cancer Survivor I plan to call myself a Cancer Veteran (with absolutely no disrespect to military veterans, some of whom are my family).

I feel like I have been at war with a very formidable enemy.  I am recovering from some serious wounds and I am still in the battle for my health.  Already I am sharing Cancer War stories with other veterans.

I did more than simply survive.

I fought.

Time

Experiencing the Cancer Adventure has added an odd complexion to time.

Time is immediately in slow motion the moment the diagnosis is confirmed.  Enduring the treatment is initially surreal.  Lately, radiation is downright tedious.

As my radiation treatment is coming to a close I am looking back.  Once I didn’t have cancer.  Then I did.

I am looking forward.  In a few months I will feel myself again.

And now, at this moment, I am going to rest.

2 watches

Treatments completed: 26

Treatments to go: 2

TGI Thursday

Wahoo!  I’m done until Tuesday.  This will give me time to charge up a little AND finish my little cinematic homage to radiation.  Stay tuned…

4 goose measuring cups

Treatments completed: 24

Treatments to go: 4

Energy?

I have been feeling pretty doggone well since Sunday afternoon.  Maybe it was the weekend effect: two days free from zapping.  Maybe it’s all the supplements Dr. Heidi has suggested.  Maybe I am like the proverbial horse, smelling the barn at the end of an arduous journey.  Whatever it is I am VERY grateful.

6 Feverfew Blossoms

Treatments completed: 22

Treatments to go: 6

Week Five

After a restorative weekend I began week 5.  Ooooh, we’re getting close now.

7 Rubber Bands

Treatments completed: 21

Treatments to go: 7

Four Weeks

I am kicking Cancer’s ass, as my friend, Kristy, encouraged.

At the end of the fourth week it’s kind of kicking me back.  Whew–radiation is tiring.  But I have the weekend to rest and I am happy we’re into the little numbers now.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

8 Maple Seeds

Treatments completed: 20

Treatments to go: 8

Maybe Later

When I embarked on this chapter I saw one medical professional who gave me some tough talk about managing my risk factors going forward.   In no uncertain terms I was told to:

  1. Lose weight
  2. Limit alcoholic beverages to three–per week
  3. Exercise daily

Good work to do, no doubt.  But at the beginning of cancer therapy?  Um, no.

So, today’s photo subject is emblematic.  And please notice, we are now in the single digits.  I think I’ll drink to that!

9 Corks

Treatments completed: 19

Treatments to go: 9