We Did It!!!

DAY 1 of chemo - January 3, 2012

DAY 1 of chemo - January 3, 2012

Final Day of Chemo - Round 1 - April 3, 2012

Final Day of Chemo - Round 1 - April 3, 2012









12 weeks of chemo done!  Woohoo!!  One round down…  Who knows how many more to go…

The Neupogen shot (pain in the ass that it was) helped boost my blood count to 3,700.  Way above the minimum needed to get my last chemo today.  Although I’m sure my increased vigilance about eating better, getting back to more regular meditation & visualization, and de-stressing helped too.

So now I’ve got my mammogram, bone scan, and PET scan scheduled for early next week.  Then we review results on April 12th.

Then we talk about what’s next.

So how am I feeling???  Exhausted and groggy…  But happy too.  Relieved that step one is done.  And excited about my upcoming vacation time in Toronto.  But also not really into celebrating much – seeing as this is just the first of an infinite number of chemo rounds that are my new life as a metastatic breast cancer patient.

Of course I must take a moment to thank all the people that are helping me fight through this…  From my amazing aunties…  To my best friend (and Miss M’s godmother) Auntie ‘Cole…  My dad…  My hubby and Miss M…  The whole Graceful Woman Warrior committee in Massachusetts that organized the most heartfelt and kick-ass benefit party ever…  My preschool mommies & the whole Overfield community…  Miss M’s teachers Miss Jennifer & Miss Tasha…  All the friendly folks and mommies on Bowen Island…  My Toronto crew…  The friendly and caring people who sent me scarves, supplements, books, gift cards, and encouraging notes…  The thousands of strangers from around the world who keep praying for me…  And everyone who has donated to the fund to help me pay for reality…


Together – we did it.  And with your support and love I will continue to fight.  And continue to kick some serious cancer ass!

Peace.  – T

21 Responses

  1. well done you… so proud of you… when are u in toronto? any spare time to meet up.. or spare energy? completely understand if you r too busy or need to rest up.. i would truly love to c u hun if u can xxx

  2. Congrats!! Enjoy the break between rounds. Have a fabulous time in Toronto. You’ve earned every minute. Positive thoughts and prayers for great news on the twelfth!!

  3. Such good news. You’re beautiful in your raging battle, yet so peaceful in countenance. How can you do it? A lesson to all who witness your work. Great, simply great.

  4. Woo-hoo is right! You are a fighter; and you definately won the first round and will win any other round that comes your way! So excited for your much deserved vacation. You are such an inspiration to others. Have a wonderful trip!!!

  5. Woo HOO!!!! Go Team Terri!!!! F@#K Cancer!!!!! You absolutely rock, and I’m sending loads of love, prayers and ((((((((((good vibrations)))))))))))) from San Francisco!
    Love ya, grrl!

  6. Way to go, grrlfriend!!!! F@#K Cancer!!!! WOO HOO!!!! Thanks accepted gratefully and loads of prayers, fond wishes and (((((((good vibrations)))))))) headed your way from San Francisco!
    Love & Gentle Hugs,
    Lynn G.

  7. Raise the roof and a glass of wine!! That is such great news!! I have all the faith that you will kick cancer right in the kisser. Good Luck. Sending all the best vibes your way. Have a fantastic trip…. You deserve it. Xoxo

  8. Congratulations! Sending healing thoughts and happy wishes.

    (Shall I raise up a cup for you? Are you drinking? If not, am I drinking your share so it doesn’t go to waste, or am I sipping a fine green tea and pretending it’s the world’s finest whiskey, so you don’t feel left out? I’m good either way.)

  9. I love the photo of you at the beginning of this blog. From here, you look strong and ready to go….very far from where I started my own cancer journey. Two years ago I was diagnosed with both uterine and ovarian cancer….a very brutal awakening as I’m sure you can understand.

    With that said, I’d also like to say that I love your photo sans hair too. Isn’t it so freeing to be able to NOT wear a wig or a hat? If you have to be bald, might as well enjoy it, eh?

    I haven’t read your entire blog (yet) but a dear friend of mine suggested I poke my head in and say hello. So..hello fellow warrior. I love your attitude…it will take you a LONG way.

    I’m sending along a link to my adventure with cancer….it’s 10 minutes of photos and music and a surprise ending (well…not ending but you get the idea). I took photos of everything and then on the sleepless nights (steroids anyone? or leg pain?), I would work on the montage. Maybe you’d like to make one too…it sure is a great reminder of how far you have come.

    Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiRL0spOfic

    Be well, stay strong and keep sharing.



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