Two Rounds of IVF
29 Frozen Eggs
Two Removed Breasts
Eight Sessions of Chemo
25 Rounds of Radiation
54 cans of club soda
One Glitter Hedgehog
One weekend living in a Van down by the River
17 types of medication
Six breakdowns in public places including the train, the gym, the grocery store, the hospital, my cubicle and an elevator, because of amazingly touching personal notes either from strangers or people I hadn’t spoken to in years.
Three (failed) attempts at a GF DF lifestyle (apparently even cancer can’t convince me of a life without cheese).
Two Out of Pocket Maximums Met
One hedgehog hospital gown
One mantra ball cap thanks to the beautiful Allison McGaha.
One romantic barn wedding courtesy of the fabulous DeWests that convinced me love is alive and well and dances to bluegrass.
5 Days of Short Term Disability
One out of this world supportive high school class.
Seven rides to work from my momma and an uncountable amount days of put-off retirement living to take care of me during my year of treatment.
25+ Days of Personal Time Off
Two lost toenails
Three hallucinatory dreams about the Kardashians.
One new house painted almost completely by my father only to be followed a mere 11 months later by 37 moved boxes to one new apartment. Zero complaints and 100% support, in typical Tommy fashion.
Countless emails, letters, flowers, and care packages.
Ten hours of girly television shows with the unwavering Sally Sinor.
Five full blown pity parties.
One weekend in Vegas provided by my rock Molly Mecka. After sending eight coordinated chemo packages.
One Incredibly Broken Heart
One sister who made me realize through her unbreakable support that I deserved a love as strong as hers.
365 Days since Diagnosis
One Hell of a Year.
No, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life; this is the beginning of a new book! That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas; this new book is newly opened, has just begun! Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one!
At least that’s how I’m hoping it plays out.