Treatment Update

It feels surreal that this week will be my last trip to Iowa City to receive my immunotherapy drug. Don’t get me wrong, I will still have plenty of trips to Iowa City for follow-up appointments & I also have a month of radiation left still before my treatment is finished, but that will happen here in Ames.

Lots of people have been asking how it’s going, so I figured it’s time for an update! If I had to describe the treatment phase of this whole journey it would be:

ANTICLIMACTIC

… and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The diagnosis period (June & July) was hands down the worst part & actually being treated for the cancer has been so much easier in comparison. I feel so thankful. So thankful that my doctor was determined to find the full diagnosis & not settle with treating the cancer as if it was aggressive because it was so hard to diagnose (which was a legit option). So thankful that fatigue is the only side effect to my treatment: no nausea, mouth sores, throwing up, I won’t lose my hair. I’m thankful for the lessons God has taught me & the perspective He’s given me so far. The promises of God to refine us in suffering are definitely happening in me!

To be honest, the hardest part of the last couple weeks has been looking at really sick people being treated & imagining what life would have been like. My heart sinks when I walk into the infusion center – people are so sick. When I’m in Ames & back to work, I sometimes forget that I’m sick. I forget there’s a deadly disease inside of me and it’s easy to go on with life, pretending like everything’s normal again. But walking into the infusion center reminds me I have cancer, which can be a helpful reminder sometimes.


W H A T ‘ S   N E X T :   After this final treatment, I will have 2-3 weeks off before starting radiation. For that, I’ll go in to the hospital everyday for 30-45 minutes to get radiation to my left leg. My radiation oncologist expects very minimal side effects because of the location we’ll be doing it {praise!}. It will last for the month of September & then everything’s done. 3 months after radiation is finished, I’ll have the first scan to see what the treatment did. Following that, I’ll have a scan every 6 months for 2 years & once a year after that.

Thank you for your prayers!!