Monday, March 17, 2008

The weekend

Well, my happy dance lasted about 12 hours and then went straight into a head cold. Maybe it was the release of tension or the anxiety let down, I don't know. I completely lost my voice, but I slept through the night for the first time in ages. All I know is that this weekend felt good. Our furnace stopped working on Saturday so thank goodness Grant was here to manage that because I couldn't even make phone calls. I woke up tonight so I must be on the mend, but only to hydrate and go back to bed, but I should tell you about Thursday........ My oncologist was beaming as soon as he came in the room. I told me twice that I was in remission before I "got it" and he hugged me hard - in a good way. I guess I wasn't ready for such good news. I left the office with hugs and high fives from his staff and went upstairs to treatment to tell Bob. I saw some of the nurses - especially Maura who was my first chemo nurse. She looked so deep into me I wanted to cry all over again. I saw Diane from Radiation who I made promise to tell everyone down there. I then went up to the surgeon's office to check in with him about follow ups. By the time I left, the news had spread like wild fire. So much for HIPPA and who the heck cares. And, then, I started the phone calls on the way home. Maybe that is why to lost my voice?!?!? The one thing I didn't do was cancel my chemo appointment for the 17th, today. I was there - you think I would run up to that desk and say something eloquent like, "SEE YA!!!" So, I called on Friday and two nurses said, "I HEARD - WHAT FABULOUS NEWS!" and ".. your attitude was amazing..(only because theirs was) were good for so many people here..(I was - you're kidding?!?!?! WHO?) stop by sometime when you are around and LIVE YOUR LIFE." Better get to bed...I have a big day tomorrow WITHOUT chemo. Love, Ang


Anonymous said...

Yes, have a great day today WITHOUT chemo!!! You can have a normal day. A day with kids, colds and coffee. A normal day where you will never take for granted again. Thank you for sharing this journey with us. We will never take a "normal" day for granted either. The sun and beaches of Kuauii are waiting for you....enjoy your day!!!!

Anonymous said...

In the "old days" when people like me were young, the radio was our source for entertainment. In addition to Bob Hope Jack Benny and Fred Allen there was a program called "Can You Top This". The public mailed in Jokes which were read in front of a live studio audience and the laugh response was measured on a "Laughometer" that had a "happy dial". Had such a device been available last thursday you would have moved the "Happy Dial" all the way to the to the top of the scale, the part that is marked "Roaring laughter and thunderous applause".
Actually it would have probably broken the "Laughometer". Continue healing and blogging, it's good for the body and the soul.
Love pat&mag.

Anonymous said...

Hi Angie, I had just finished writing you a note to let you know that I am happily awaiting your arrival on our beautiful island. I was gone to Oahu last week for 3 days of meetings for the church, so I just pulled off the Thursday news. I am so happy for you and all your family and friends. I will say that none of us gave up on thinking positively and sending up alot of prayers. You deserve every bit of wonderful news, considering what you have been thru in the last year. I look forward to catching up and spending quality time with you in a couple of weeks. Take care and we love you lots. Judi