One Year

Two Rounds of IVF

29 Frozen Eggs

Four Surgeries

Two Removed Breasts

Six doctors

Eight Sessions of Chemo

25 Rounds of Radiation

Four drains

One Port

54 cans of club soda

Seven cantaloupes

One Glitter Hedgehog

One weekend living in a Van down by the River

15 headcovers

Four wigs

Four haircuts

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).

82 posts

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 Marriage

One Separation

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!

C. JoyBell

At least that’s how I’m hoping it plays out.

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One thought on “One Year

  1. Love this! But, did you ask Dr Sebastian or Dr Bedri about your immune system for Africa??? Love you, and Africa is 9 days, 21st to 30th…not 3 days!! Xoxox

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