This has been a long journey and process but I’m almost there. As I approach my final chemo treatment a song from one of my favorite Disney movies popped into my head: “Almost There” from The Princess and the Frog.
One of the the things I love about this movie is that Tiana worked hard to reach her goal. Her goal since she was little was to open her own restaurant and she never gave up on that goal. She never sought an easy way to get what she needed, just hard work. As she says “the only way to get what you want in this world is through hard work.” I’ve always considered myself a hard worker and love this quote.
Anyway back to the song “Almost There.” The song ends with the following lyrics:
“There’s been trials and tribulations
You know I’ve had my share
But I’ve climbed the mountain
I’ve crossed the river
And I’m almost there.”
This cancer journey has included a lot of trials and tribulations. It started with dealing with the diagnosis, which occurred halfway through my pregnancy making it even more overwhelming and complicated.
Treatment started two weeks after my diagnosis and I had to stop working abruptly and immediately but it was best for both me and the baby. There was a lot of stress and anxiety with this pregnancy but thanks to my wonderful treatment team, we have our beautiful, healthy boy.
There were some tests along the way. There was concern about Bryce’s heart at a 36 week ultrasound but an echocardiogram with a pediatric cardiologist confirmed all was ok and Bryce is fine.
I ended up in the ER and hospital in April with a neutropenic fever. My white count was really low but with injections after my last few rounds of chemo I’m back to normal counts again.
I’ve had allergic reactions at the end of my last two chemo treatments but thankfully Benadryl worked and cleared up both reactions.
Despite all this I am almost there. I am almost at the end of my chemo, almost at the surgery date, which will mark another ending of sorts (hopefully) of this breast cancer.
It hasn’t been easy and the recovery from surgery will be difficult but I’m staying focused on the goal of beating this terrible disease. And I won’t give up until I’m there.
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