Wednesday, March 26, 2008

rads, day 33: the end

welcome to the party! please do turn up the speakers on your computer and dance with abandon to my celebration song. nina simone, my high priestess, sings her amazing, soulful version of "feeling good" and that about sums it up, friends.

i am feeling so good today. such a weight lifted.

this rush of happiness comes because today, rads are finished. i made it to the end, all 33 treatments. nearly eight weeks of morning trips to the hospital on the hill. holy crap, am i ever thankful to be done with this treatment!

it's also been 33 times of being greeted with a smile by ramone and eric, my radiation techs and a cheery goodmorning by mo, the amazing receptionist. and 33 views of mt. hood from the 9th floor skywalk, as i made my way from underground parking to 4C radiation. those little bits of sweetness helped get me through.

and so did you all. my wonderful, loving circle of friends and family. you've been checking in here faithfully, leaving supportive comments, offering your resources from the heart and cheering me on each step of the way. even when i was really depressed and cranky there for a while. i cannot thank you all enough for hanging in there and holding this ring of support around me.

i'm weepy. talk amongst yourselves.


modish said...

Yaaayyyyyyyy!!! You made it! What a relief it must be- congrats for getting through it so gracefully. And just in time for spring! You and the earth can renew yourselves and blossom again, together!

Sondra said...

It is a new day for you. Passages always bring excitement and a little apprehension. Keep the "turnip" blog going it seems to provide a place for you to review your feelings and not have to be creating.
You've provided some insite for all of us, You have done a great thing. Keep up the good work.

salmonpoetry said...

ayeah Tay!!! You made it!!! and feeling good, too! celebrate, relax, reflect. enjoy your freedom and your release from the rituals of radiation. it must be quite a feeling to look back and now have that experience in the rear view mirror....

totally off topic, yesterday i was in the cool clever cycles store on hawthorne and i saw the cutest dutch wicker bike basket, and immediately the thought jumped into my mind, 'this would be perfect for Tay's Mia! she would look so cute peeking out from this basket on the front of a bike!' i must be subliminally channeling the wizard of oz/wicked witch of the west or something, and i don't even know if you have a bike, but i thought i'd share the thought anyway.

Laurie Constantino said...

So happy for you; that's wonderful news - and perfect that it coincides with blooming flowers and lovely spring days.

Catherine Chandler said...

Yay!!!!!!!! That's FANTASTIC!!! Wow. You have been such an inspiration to me..your strength, positive attitude (even through the negativity), and ability to reach out to those who love and care for you. When you feel up for it, lets go for a walk at Mt. Tabor. Aawww...I'm all teary from being happy for you! I'm such a sap :)

asphaltandair said...

a great big hug-ful of congratulations to you.
simply incredible that you have been through so much and are (and have been through it all) an amazing ray of sunshine.
i feel inspired every time i land at your blog. really.
you have such a grace about you.
wishing you wellness and happiness and celebration!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Tay! So happy for the end of rads and the beginning of your new normal.

Celebrating with you and sending love and strength,

ramonajane and littlebear

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neil wiernik said...

dam it I was so sick with the flu I had no idea CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
not much on CSL these dayeither so if you want to email me do so through my blog... hope your doing well and take care of your self!!!
take care