Just a quick update. I had a pretty great week last week - worked from home, ran errands, and generally felt a breath of what life used to be.
Thursday, I noticed that something seemed off with my port (the access point implanted in my chest for delivery of chemo, blood draws, etc.) I went in and had it checked out but nobody could see an issue. Then, on Friday, I noticed again that something didn't seem right. When I went in for my weekly blood draw, I was told that the port was pushing out through the skin and needed to be removed immediately. (This can be very dangerous since the port creates easy access to a main artery; a problem like this was one of my biggest fears.) So, right then, with Shawnessey'a help, I underwent a procedure to remove the port and made plans to have another one installed Monday, in time for my scheduled chemo on Tuesday. Ugh.
So, today, Shawnessey-the-amazing, picked me up and supported me through a very stressful day during which I had another minor outpatient surgery to implant a new port. The experience this time was so much better than the first time and hopefully the long term result will be much better as well. Ugh again.
Ok, enough with the frustrating news! Good stuff now... My darling Aunt Mia arrived from Denver tonight to join me for chemo week. It's exciting to see her again and I see many episodes of Parenthood in our future.
Some of you may have seen that the fundraising site* my brother launched to help me afford the costs of making it through all of this is going extremely well. We've surpassed the goal and I am just absolutely stunned by the generosity of people who have given and people who have shared the info on FB and in other ways. It is unbelievable and I can never say enough about how grateful I am.
I started this update with info about a few seriously bummer days and I'm ending with thanks for being as awesome as you are.
And with this quote I read today from Emily Dickinson; it may be out of context, but I love this line for what it is and what it helps me hold onto today: "A wounded deer leaps highest."
Tomorrow, I take another leap. Thanks for being there to help with a soft landing.