Bye Bye, Lasers

I’ve been gone for some time now, huh?! I definitely have to attribute that to the awesome week off that I was able to enjoy away from treatment.

It’s official! I completed my final round of radiation on June 14th, and what a relief that was! I knew I didn’t like radiation throughout it, but now that I don’t have to go every single day, the truth is sinking in. I truly despise it! I’m very much aware that although I despise laser beams shooting the crap out of my body, I am also very grateful for it because it’s a key piece in my treatment journey. But now it’s over and I’m done talking about it for a while. Plus, I’m sure you’ve heard me rant enough about how much radiation sucks… Nothing’s changed.

Here’s a quick and summarized update about what’s happened since you last heard from me three weeks ago:

  • My husband and I celebrated our two year wedding anniversary, and it was glorious. I’m continually reminded of why I married this man, and I will always be grateful that he chose to share his life with me. He surprised me the whole night, beginning with a romantic dinner at Maggiano’s in downtown Denver. We then stopped by a private party that a wonderful friend invited us to, where we had the rare and amazing opportunity to meet Coach George Karl of the Denver Nuggets. As most of you know, he is a fellow cancer soldier and survivor and to hear him tell me personally, “Keep kickin cancer’s ass, and have fun with it” was a true blessing. Following our rendezvous with the coach, we headed over to the Garner Galleria to watch the musical “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!”. If you haven’t had the chance to see it yet, you should. It was hilarious, and exactly what I needed to lift my spirits and keep me in the present. Oh, how I love my husband and how thoughtful he is.
  • My youngest brother is in town, and we’ve had the opportunity to spend some much needed time together. He graduated college in May, and is enjoying his last summer of freedom before the “real world” starts. He’s also been a great help in entertaining my husband and getting him out, about, and away from all of the cancer hubbub. After all, guys will always need “guy night”. And through all of this, my husband deserves every single one he wants to have!
  • With a 10 day reprieve from treatment, we were also able to spend quality time with our best friends. We love them tremendously, and have no clue what we would do without their love, encouragement, and support. And not only have we been able to spend time with them, but with a lot of our other friends as well. I actually felt like a real person again, and not just a science experiment drudging through cancer treatments every day! Seeing our friends has helped me keep my head on straight. In addition, we’ve been able to spend time with my two nanny families. Seeing my kiddos brightens my day every single time I get to be with them. Kids will always have that effect on both Matt and I.

Now that radiation is over, a lot of you have asked where things are going now. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week, I finished another round of chemotherapy. These rounds are identical to my very first three. Three days on chemo and two weeks off- three days on, two weeks off- and three days on, two weeks off. I should be completely done with all of my treatment by mid August! The end is in sight! As weird as it may sound, I’m excited to be back in the regular swing of things with my sole treatment being chemotherapy now. It’s a little more predictable, and I feel slightly more prepared to handle it this time. One thing I forgot about, or rather tried to block from my mind, were the shots I used to have to give myself when my blood cell counts got too low. Well, I was reminded again after this week of treatment that Neupogen shots are a part of my reality. My white blood cells were low this week, so I was given four shots to take home and self-administer over the next four days. I detest these shots, but I do know that they help me feel better. For that, I’m grateful.

Please continue to pray for my strength through this last leg of the adventure, that side effects remain by the way-side, and that my emotions remain on top of the hill and not in the valley. This is one tough journey!

1 Peter 5:8-11 (Message Version)

“Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does.”

3 Comments on Bye Bye, Lasers

  1. Bill Rudel
    June 29, 2012 at 12:03 PM (12 years ago)

    There are at least two battles occurring here, that we all can see. The battle with virulent cancer, how the cure causes such suffering.
    The second, more hideous battle is the battle of, for, the mind. The struggle of faith, against fear, against non belief produces a fellowship many people never know. The fellowship is with Jesus. In His suffering, He learned obedience and He learned of our suffering, giving us that fellowship with Him.
    Through your suffering, both physical and with that battle of faith, Stephanie, we have been partakers with you and have had fellowship with you in your suffering. Our Faith has been challenged and your Testimony IS the Spirit of the Lord wittnessing His True Reality to those of us who have followed you closely these months.

    I’ve been encouraged every time, these past few months, that I’ve received your emails. Thank you for that Wittness of your Testimony.

    The Lord, God, Himself will reveal His Mighty Hand for His Own Glory in this. He Inhabits the Praises of His People.

    Bill Rudel
    Brush, Co.

  2. Stephanie Oelson
    June 29, 2012 at 1:32 PM (12 years ago)

    Well, I think I coul safely say that on behalf of all of us who love you and are following your progress and your posts – I was thrilled to hear of the sweet ways God is blessing you in this phase of your treamtment. Thank you for letting us know how things are going ’cause sometimes it’s hard to be patient and wait for your next post! :o) YOur update give us the opportunity to ‘fine tune’ our prayers regarding your continued treatment, healing and recovery. You are loved, admired and treasured!

  3. Jeanette Dehning
    June 29, 2012 at 8:37 PM (12 years ago)

    You are such an amazing person Stephanie, and you do have an awesome husband. So much has happend in your life since your wedding 2 years ago. It was a beautiful day! Who knew what the Lord had planned for you. We do ask why, but it is not ours ot ask because the Lord knows what he is doing. Stay strong!


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