Dear Faithful Family & Friends,
It has been seven days since Herceptin #2 and I am continuing to feel extremely well. I am very grateful and I thank you for your continued prayers! I feel well enough to resume swimming in the outdoor, heated city pool. If only it were not so cold — snow is possible this week! I am a bit wimpy at the moment but I promise to make up for that when the warm season begins.
Now, I know the question on everyone’s mind: Is Margot’s hair growing? I am happy to report that it is! The new growth is as fine and soft as the down of a gosling. If I were a horse, you could name me “Diamond” because of the clear shape on the crown of my head. Inside the diamond is the pure “salt” color. Surrounding the diamond shape is the “salt & pepper” — with enough “pepper” to show a stark contrast to the “salt” in the diamond. This is not a new development, however!
Oddly, I have settled into a strange malaise or ennui, after recovering from the ravages of chemotherapy. On the one hand, I am elated to be finished with chemotherapy. In fact, Stephen & I are celebrating by going to Disney in two weeks!
On the other hand, it does not seem that very much is happening in the battle, since the ravages of Herceptin are undetectable to me. With chemotherapy, you have the formidable presence of a strong, fierce ally, in spite of the fact that you spend half the time fighting the side effects.
During the chemotherapy phase, you never forget that you are fighting against cancer. However, at this stage, I have to remind myself that the battle is ongoing. If even I need to remind myself, is it possible that the interest of my friends & family will wane, now that the drama of the surgery and chemotherapy is over?
Thanks for being with me thus far in the battle! I will continue this blog, updating about once every two weeks; I will write on a variety of topics.
ONE in EIGHT women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and it is my hope that this blog will help one of the women that you know and love. Dear friends & family, do something loving for St. Valentine’s Day: Encourage the women [over 40] in your life to get regular mammograms! It was this test that detected my tumor, while it was still Stage One.
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Deus noster refugium. Psalm 46.1-2
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved, and though the mountains be toppled into the depth of the sea.
P. S. I finally wrote something in the “About” section.
My grandson, Benjamin, celebrated his first birthday yesterday! For photos, see my daughter’s blog: http://www.carrotsformichaelmas.wordpress.com.