I had my ninth and final antibody infusion today!! I rang the bell, celebrated, and cried happy tears of relief!!

It’s been quite the journey. My mom was reminding me that last Thanksgiving I was still waiting on my diagnosis. This year was much more joyous! We went to Salina to see my parents and my brother’s family and had some really great quality time together.

Saturday night I realized that the cellulitis was back – for the third time!! My oncologist was on call Sunday morning, and I was able to talk to him about the best course of action. We decided another round of antibiotics should do the trick, and this time 14 days worth instead of 10. We’re still not sure if the infection is coming in through my port or if it just never fully goes away. I’ll be happy to have the port removed on Thursday either way!

Tomorrow I get to see my primary care doctor. I haven’t seen her since I went in with a suspicious lump and needed a referral for a mammogram just over a year ago. This time it will be to figure out what I’ve done to my left shoulder. I’m also going to have her take a look at my left eyelid. I used the antibiotic eye drops four times a day for longer than 7 days, and there’s still a bump. The good news is that my creatinine levels were back in the normal range today. The only thing that’s still low is my red blood count and hemoglobin. It’s just going to take some time to get those built up again.

I’m also experiencing more joint pain from the hormone blocker that I will need to keep taking for another 5-10 years, but I’ve been reading about taking tart cherry capsules as an anti-inflammatory so I ordered those on Amazon tonight.

Words cannot express how grateful I am for your prayers and support throughout this journey! I don’t know if this is my last post or not, but I’m sure it will be one of the last! I’ve enjoyed every comment and guest book entry, every sweet card and gift sent my way, every HUG and expression of love. I can’t imagine how different my experience would have been without you all cheering me on! I’m not the same person I was a year ago. While my physical body definitely feels like it’s been in a battle, my faith has grown exponentially, and I know without a doubt that my God is for me, He is with me, and He loves me. And not just me. He is for YOU, He is with YOU, and He loves YOU. No matter what the world looks like, no matter what impossible thing we face, these are truths that never change and will always give us HOPE.