Today was a very special day because it was JJ’s very last day of Chemo. I think the three months of cancer took forever to get through and yet also went very fast.
Today JJ had a nurse we had never seen before. Pamela told us that she works in the radiation part of the Cancer Center, but usually helps out in the Chemo part every other Friday. We just never were in Chemo on the same Fridays as she was. At first I felt disappointed that on this last day we didn’t have one of our regular nurses, but Pamela was kind and funny and we were glad to have met her.
It was sort of a bittersweet day. We are overjoyed to be done with Chemo, of course. Cancer is a nasty, horrible, no good disease and Chemo is rough, especially with the intense regiment that JJ had. It’s rough on the cancer patient and rough on the families.
However, the medical staff was awesome. They were kind and compassionate, cheerful and supportive during a very difficult journey. It’s sort of hard to say “goodbye” to them. All day they were saying “This is your last day! Yay!” At the end of the day, Pamela gave Jared a rose and a little plaque with “Ten Commandments of Cancer Survivorship” on it as a goodbye gift from the Chemo staff to him. That was unexpected and sweet. Many of the staff also gave him hugs. We will stop in to say “hi” to them during follow-up visits with the oncologist.
I took pictures of all the medical staff who had cared for JJ. I didn’t let any of them escape. Well, most of them. Some weren’t here today, so I wasn’t able to get their pictures. Bummer. But at least I got pictures of most of them. (You can click on the pictures to make them larger and to read the captions.)
JJ isn’t feeling well today, and he will still have a rough day or two, but once the Chemo gets out of his body he should start to feel better. Now he just needs to have some medical tests and a visit with the oncologist. At that time we will learn more about where we stand with this cancer. JJ will also need to have surgery to remove the cancerous lymph nodes.