Today is the anniversary of Cindy's LAST Chemo treatment. This is a picture of her first (I think) or maybe second treatment. She had such a good attitude from the very beginning of this journey.
This is Cindy at her last treatment one year ago today. She actually was a little (ok alot) teary because on your last treatment, they sing to you, you ring the bell and a really big deal is made of that. The people at West Clinic in Memphis are WONDERFUL.
It doesn't seem like it could have been a whole year since her last treatment, it has really passed fast. She actually had radiation until late December, but that was nowhere near what the chemo treatments were.
I am so proud of her. Not only has she beat cancer, in July, 2007, she and my then 9 yr old grandson moved in with us from an abusive marriage. She went back to school in August to finish her degree to teach. In May, 2008, she was diagnosed with hodgkins disease. I was so amazed at her strength through the diagnois, test and treatment. When her dr. would tell her what he wanted to do, she would always look at him and say "let's do it, there's no need to wait". Do you know how hard it is to sit in a room and watch your child, (no matter how old) get a bone marrow test? Let me tell you, it's HARD. She received the call on a Wednesday night that it was definitely hodgkins, was in the oncologist office on Friday, went back on Monday for all the results and had her first chemo on Tuesday. It was a week or so later before the portacath was put it. I have to say, the port was the one thing she complained about the most. It came out as soon as the dr. said it was ok.
Ok, back to my story, after having treatments all summer, she went back to school in August, 2008, only to still be in treatment until Sept, then radiation until December. She went to school on Monday thru Wednesday nights, she would get her treatment on Thursday so she would be ok for school on Monday. Then after chemo was over, went everyday to get readiation while going to school also.
She is on track to graduate from Ole Miss (go Rebs), in December 2010. I am so looking forward to that day for her. I'm not sure there will be enough kleenex to hold the tears, I get teary eyed now just thinking about what she has accomplished! Please pray that she will continue to be cancer free and also know that we give God all the glory for healing her!
Happy Anniversary Cindy, I love you!!