“Even though life can be deeply painful, it’s still a miraculous and worthwhile journey that somehow, some way, balances out. I’m not sure how or why it works that way, but I have faith that there are forces at play that are helping and guiding me, and that things always work out.” (Fortson, Leigh. Embrace Release Heal. Sounds True, 2011)
I feel better now, not only I am not in pain anymore but I have completed my treatment that started in December of 2012. A treatment that included 240 hours of chemotherapy and 5 weeks (25 days) of radiation.
Right now, my neck looks like I had a terrible sunburn, my throat is sore and still my taste is off. Luckily enough I can taste things like chocolate, ice-cream, sweets, french fries, and all things that are not the best for you. But I am enjoying it :).
During these last months of treatment I have learned the following:
- Being bald can be a relief
- In times of sickness love and faith keep you going
- There is no pain that lasts forever. (Mine lasted 45 days, not so bad all things considered)
- Great scientists and doctors do believe in alternative medicine
- Acupuncture does work and appeases the most excruciating pain
- Reiki is a powerful healing practice
- Life is a precious miracle
Today was the first day I didn’t have to go to the hospital for treatment. Today, I went to the office and started organizing and planning new projects. I can’t wait to workout and eventually start running again. A new routine sounds exciting!
I feel blessed. Thank you to my wonderful husband Dave, my mother and father in law for their love and support when I needed it the most. Thank you to my lovely parents, sisters and family in Mexico for their encouragement and powerful prayers. I am grateful for my friends and co-workers who make me laugh; thank you for your thoughtfulness and positive words!!
On April 25 and 26 I have to go back to NIH for PET and CT scans, studies, and appointments with the team of doctors and nurses to confirm the Lymphoma is gone for good.
I am ready to move forward!