Saturday, June 20, 2009

Thank You!

It's been a while since I updated my blog, today is yet another rainy day, so I thought I would stop in. I have been cured of cancer for 3 weeks now. I don't like using the term "remission" as it implies that the cancer is now dormant until it wakes up. Cancer is gone, it cannot wake up, it will not come back! I'M CURED :)

The past 3 weeks have been nice. No treatment, no doctor appointments :) I haven't done much, just relaxed, which was much needed after these past 9 months. I'm doing great, my hair are growing. I decide to color them, my poor hair have been through so much, but I found I color that is very close to my natural color. My hair actually look like a fashionable super short cut now. I still can't wait for them to be longer, the next few months will be challenging to let them grow and make them look nice. The boys are doing great, phew, the past 9 months have been pretty rough for them. They're only 5 & 6 (4 & 5 when it all started), it was a lot for them to digest. We're all happy and have quickly put this behind us. Maybe that's why I haven't been here to update, I haven't found the need to blog much lately. We're not doing too much cancer talk either.

Most people that finish cancer treatment are scared. When you're in treatment, you're closely followed by a doctor. When treatment is over, you're on your own. I'm surprised to find myself without fear and at peace with it all. I'm sure that when I go for my next mammogram in the fall there will be bits of anxiety, but I'm feeling very confident that this is all over and that I have no need to worry. It's nice.

There's no way I could have gone through this journey without the help and support of a lot of people. Many thanks are in order.

  • Thank you to my wonderful husband who has been so supportive of me throughout this entire journey. Thank you for loving me no matter what I looked like, with or without hair and a few more scars! Thank you for letting me cry when I needed to. Thank you for helping me take care of the house when I couldn't. Thank you for being a wonderful dad to our children when they needed some stability.
  • Thank you to my children, Jerome & Felix, who throughout their grief, managed to keep loving me, caring for me, cuddling with me. Your love, hugs & kisses is what help me get throughout this and what gave me the strength to beat it. I love you both very dearly.

  • Thank you to both of my moms. One that helped out through chemo and one that helped out through radiation. I couldn't have done it without either one of you.

  • Thank you to my dad who spent of good bit of the winter without my mom, letting her travel every 3 weeks to be here with us.
  • Thank you to my sister. My earring provider to make sure I looked good during this journey. I received many compliments about my earrings over the past few months and every time, it made me think about you.

  • Thank you to my dear friend Chantale who listened to me when I had enough and never told me to shut up ;) Thank you for checking on me, caring about me and loving me. I love you too xxx

  • Thank you to all my friend and family who were there for us. Even though we didn't need much help after all, I appreciated all the offer we received.

  • Thank you to our Church for bringing us meals 3 times a week for 6 months. It was very helpful not having to cook most of our meals. Thank you for everyone prayers, I'm sure it had something to do with the fact that this journey was somewhat easy compared to what it could have been.

  • Thank you to Cathy & Suzanne, my Chemo Angels, that cheered me every week by sending me cards and goodies. You were both wonderful.

  • Thank you to the December Divas at and all the other wonderful ladies that help me and provided support through every step of the journey.

  • Thank you to my fellow bloggers who provided me with extra support and camaraderie. Never did I thought that by starting a blog to keep my friends & family updated, would I meet so many other wonderful cancer fighter to help support one another.

  • Thank you to my wonderful doctors. Dr. Dickson-Whitmer, Dr. Wozniak & Dr. Koprowski, all 3 of them have been wonderful and I truly believe that I have received the best treatment.

  • Thank you to all the assistants, technicians and nurses that helped make this journey an easier one. I haven't been in contact with one that wasn't nice or that I didn't like which is quite amazing in itself, they were all great.

  • Thank you to everyone else I might have forgotten :)

I'm not sure that I will be back. I will miss blogging, this was a first for me, it was fun. I might try to find something else to blog about, but I'm ready to turn the page, so I guess this is it.



deborah d. lattimore said...

and i thank you! it has been great to have you as a companion during my cancer experience. i will also end my blog when radiation is over. no need for cancer talk after that! i will only post when i have checkups. you inspire me with your positive attitude and your energy. i love you hair!! xoxoxox

The Cebulas said...

Thank you, you are one great lady as well. I will keep checking on you until you are done with your journey. Not much longer to go.

Daria said...

You look great! The hair looks so good and those eye brows ... wow.

All the best to you girl!

Holly said...

You are a beautiful and lovely woman - a warrior, a survivor, an inspiration. I will miss you blogging. It has meant a great deal to me...I send you love and continued prayers for good health and ceaseless joy in your life....

Sara Williams said...

I am going to miss you and your story but thankfully, for all the right reasons.

I don't want to lose you friends though, will you post a different blog?

Chantale said...

Bon, tu vas me faire pleurer a matin! HI! Tu es une amour et aussi une inspiration. Je t'aime fort et je suis si heureuse pour vous 4! XXX

The Cebulas said...

Thanks everyone, you're all so sweet. I'll keep checking on y'all!

Sara - I'm thinking about starting another blog, but I have no idea when that might happen. Probably soon...

oma aka meme said...

Your hair is just too cute and yes- some gals pay for that cut- It is an easy care but I too like mine a little longer- papa hubby always wore his hair like that-lol- cut himself too.......I am praising the Lord for all your good news- hugs from Meme

Alli said...

You look wonderful!! God Bless and take good care of yourself. I will miss your blogs but glad you are going for all of the greatest reasons....

Love Alicia.XXX

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SweetAnnee said...

YOU look so your short hair..Stay well..enjoy life..and do NOT
be scared or stressed.


Tracey said...

Hey, well done you on finishing treatment and on the hair growing back.. thats such a wonderful thing isn't it.. I couldn't stop stroking mine as it started to grow hahah.

stay strong and well done to you xx

shared decision making said...

Yes a supportive partner makes the evils seem lesser...all the bst for your hard journey.

Augusta said...

Congratulations! I'm a breast cancer survivor and your blog has always been a help for me. My worst side effect from chemo was heat, cold sweats, and insomnia. I work for ChiliTechnology so I started using one of these and it was a great help to me: ChiliPad (it's a mattress pad that lets you cool the bed down to any temperature you set - it has a range from 46 to 118 degrees). I also went on an all organic macrobiotic diet, which really helped with detoxing from the chemo (and I've never gone off the diet, because I feel better eating this way than I did before cancer). The other thing I did that was really important to my healing was watch tons of stand-up comedy. I really believe laughter is the best medicine.