On Thursday, April 18th, one of my college friends, Sarah, sent out an email to all of our college girlfriends (about 15 fabulous ladies) with a link to a commercial from Dove (the soap company) that has been popular this week online demonstrating how women view themselves. Here is a link to the commercial:
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This is where I needed to grab a BOX of tissues! My friend, Steph, who went to chemo with me on Wednesday, responded to Sarah's email with this:
Yesterday I was privileged enough to go to what has now been dubbed “Chemo with Kristi” and here is what I saw:
The bravest, strongest, proudest, most beautiful woman in the world to me.
She has short spiky blonde hair with darker roots, dark in the back, it’s shiny and smooth and is currently still attached to head regardless of how many times she tries to see if its still there.
Her face is thin, with a prominent chin, on top of long thin neck.
Her eyes are bright, they smile and twinkle when she laughs, which is pretty constant.
She cozied right into that recliner, with her trash magazines, and her shoulder exposed for the port delivering medicine that will make her well.
She has a way of making everyone around her comfortable and wanting to be with her – the nurses and aids kept coming to chat and we learned more about the receptionist and her life in Key West in 5 minutes that you can even imagine. My cheeks still hurt from laughing.
She is brave, strong and proud. She rocks.
It was my best day in long time – thank you Kristi.
Need I explain why I have been friends with her for 25 years? :) This is the most beautifully written item that I have ever read, thank you Steph.
It is my understanding that the chemo effects are "cumulative" and I guess I have found this to be true. The nausea and joint pain set in a few days earlier this round but I feel like I have medications figured out to help control both so all is well. I am taking one day at a time without any huge expectations!
I forgot to mention that I met with a genetic counselor a few weeks ago to determine if I carry the "breast cancer gene". Based on my family history, the possibility is very low (about 5%) that I do carry the gene. I should have the results in about a week or two.
Once again, this week has been FILLED with love and support from family, friends and neighbors. Thank you for everything!!!