by marybeth , December 23, 2008—12:00 AM
I went to my oncologist yesterday for the first time since completing my therapies and he gave me a big thumbs up. He was very happy with how I looked and how much energy I had. He said "Wow you got a lotta hair!" He says that 6 months after chemo you usually have something to work with and I got plenty to work with now. My fingernails are back to normal and except for a rapidly fading scar you would never know I had breast cancer. So many people are glad to be leaving 2008 behind because it was a lousy year for them.
2008 was not a lousy year for me. It was a year of challenge, learning, healing and prevailing. It was a year of friends and family to the rescue, generosity and comfort. The whole ordeal put a very real strain on my relationship with Alex but we toughed it out, we made it. Our relationship is better than ever, made stronger by adversity. I don't wish this kind of challenge on anyone, but every challenge comes with a gift. Thanks to all of you who read my blog and left comments, they were greatly appreciated. I will continue this blog into 2009 with information, stories of inspiration and general chat. The best of the Holiday Season to you all and A Very Happy, Healthy New Year.
P.S. The bathroom is finally done and it's beautiful, the new floor looks fabulous and it's so CLEAN. Yeah Alex!