Maybe you are in the middle of Chemotherapy and want to give up. It is totally understandable you feel that way. The road is long and so difficult. Some of you may be on this road for a second or even third time or even more. When I was only 6 weeks into 5 months of Chemotherapy, I told my Oncologist I wanted to quit because I did not care if I lived or died. Thankfully he said, “I won’t let you”, held my hand in a doctorly fashion, told me he didn’t know how bad it was because he never went through it, and promised me the next drug would be much better. It was and I made it through the 5 months of chemo.
Donna, from Marshall, Arkansas wrote to me on September 21, 2012 with this fabulous news!
I wanted to give you another update. I had my first visit with the surgeon on Wednesday.. .In talking with the surgeon she called me her miracle patient! How about that?! I have absolutely no residual cancer in my pathology report! This is like getting an A plus on a report card… I am so happy! All of the treatment has worked! And as I have said before you deserve credit for cheering me on and making me feel that I could finish the horrible AC Chemotherapy! You are an angel!
Well, trust me, I am no angel. I simply gave Donna encouragement that she could make it through Chemotherapy and told her that absolutely no one can understand what it is like unless you have been through it.
Less than 2 months before on July 28, 2012, Donna felt so many opposite feelings when she wrote me this:
While in the midst of my AC Chemotherapy treatment I was feeling so awful that I thought I would try to research a little online about AC Chemo. What I had on my mind was just exactly what is the “lifetime” limit of Adramyacin Chemotherapy? I wanted to know this because I felt so horrible after my second round of AC ( I have already been thru 4 Taxol treatments and I breezed through those) that I wanted to ask my doctor if I could stop and not take my remaining two AC treatments. With all that being said I stumbled upon your blog and have been reading about your journey. Because of you and the many others walking this journey I have decided ” I CAN do it” I’m not alone! 2 more 2 more I can do it! Thanks for your blog and I wanted to let you know that God is working through you….he brought me to you ! Just when I needed someone who I knew, knew how I felt. Thank you!
(I was diagnosed April 17, 2012 with IDC triple negative stage 2a due to auxiliary node involvement…)
I am so grateful that Donna did not give up. She kept persevering and now she is cancer free!! When I wrote Donna to ask if I could use her emails, she responded: