Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Chemo Vacation Begins Today !!!

Well, today is the day I would usually go back for another treatment. So the chemo vacation officially begins today.

I am still quite fatigued, but it is managable, and will surely improve gradually! I have been a little worried about stopping the chemo, especially since it was working! However, the "break" will be good for me physically and I am working through being "bothered" by the uncertainty.

"The word which God has written in the brow of every person is hope" - Victor Hugo

"It is hope which makes the shipwrecked sailor strike out with his arms in the midst of the sea, though no land is in sight" - Ovid

So, it is onward-ho, and we keep moving forward! Upcoming medical events: November 1 (check up, blood work). November 27 (CT scan). November 30 (tentative) second opinion review at Memorial Sloan Kettering, NYC.



Anonymous said...

Hi Jo,
Thanks so much for the update - I hope you can relax and enjoy the break.
We are really looking forward to our nice long visit at Christmas. (I hope you have started baking!)
Take care. We are all thinking about you and are continually amazed at your strength.
The quotes are perfect.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jo,
Thanks for the update. It was great to see you, Gord and Brian this weekend. We are looking forward to Christmas as well. Take Care.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update Joanne. We check often to see how you are doing. Enjoy your "vacation" and good luck with all of the upcoming appointments. Your quotes are an inspiration to all of us. Love to all of your family!
Love, Nick and Lorraine, Calgary

Anonymous said...

Yes - you are a marvel! (That's what my Gramma would have said.) Sloan Kettering is impressive - they gave Anasatsia a second opinion, too.

Take care.

apprentice said...

I hope you enjoy the break and get strength from it.

This is a lovely poem a friend sent me:

by Sheenagh Pugh.


Sometimes things don't go, after all,
from bad to worse. Some years, muscadel
faces down frost; green thrives; the crops don't fail.
Sometimes a man aims high, and all goes well.

A people sometimes will step back from war,
elect an honest man, decide they care
enough, that they can't leave some stranger poor.
Some men become what they were born for.

Sometimes our best intentions do not go
amiss; sometimes we do as we meant to.
The sun will sometimes melt a field of sorrow
that seemed hard frozen; may it happen for you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jo-Anne,
It was so nice to hear your voice on Monday, it was like you were in the room with us! I am hoping that your 'vacation' turns out just the way you hope. Thanks for news on your blog. I appreciate keeping up with you this way.

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy to hear about your break. I hope you have a great time. I can't wait until christmas when we get to see you!It will be great! Thanks for keeping this blog. It's helped me so much to hear from you.
Love Heather

Anonymous said...

Hi Jo,
Found a quote that is more appropriate for your other holiday...the cruise. "When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money." - Susan Heller, Author.
Truer words were never spoken!

Anonymous said...

Hello, Joanne. May your "vacation" from chemo be everything you hope for and need it to be. The picture in front of the fireplace is wonderful. We think of you often, and John says be sure to tell her'Good Luck!' and we're looking forward to seeing you at Christmas.