i’m pleased to report the successful completion of 10 rounds of chemotherapy. this was the first round in a very long time i tackled without the assistance of the parentals. i’ll admit that i was a little nervous going into it. those long hours of feeling too drugged up to drive anywhere or do anything meaningful/productive can wear on you if you’re alone. but i felt confident that i had enough friends scheduled to help out, bring me food and keep me company. there were moments of missing my mom. there were moments (as there always are during chemo, no matter who’s around) of feeling lonely and scared and sad. and, of course, i felt the physical effects of the drug cocktail: jittery, nauseous, exhausted, nauseous, wired, nauseous. but overall, i felt calm and cared for and comfortable.
and i felt — and continue to feel — unbelievably fortunate and grateful to have the best friends a girl could ever hope for. what the sign below says is true. whether i’m physically by myself or in the company of another person, my friends have given me the amazing gift of knowing that you’re there.
thank you for the texts, the emails, the facebook messages, the hugs, the late-night phone conversations. thank you for letting me lean on you so very often. but more than anything, thank you for just being there. i love you all!