Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Thanks

This morning started off like any other morning. I woke up early and slipped downstairs, made my morning cup, and wandered to the computer to wander around in blogland. Much to my surprise, I found that Bush Babe had arranged a virtual party to celebrate my last day of chemo. I sat there with tears in my eyes as I read her post. I was even more touched to see that Alison had posted, after a long absence. Through the day, the posts kept coming in, one after another. Oh you guys! I'm overwhelmed. This is just one of the very nicest things that ever happened to me. As I discover each new post, I have to say, you all make me smile. Big.

I've been looking forward to February 19th for what seems like forever, even though it has only been four months. Flipping the page to February was pretty exciting. Now I sit here on the eve of the big day, and I'm actually so anxious to get this last one done and over that I'm not sure I'll be able to sleep tonight. Seriously.

I'm trying to think of something profound to say, and I can't. I leave you with this: Today I went to the Cancer Center for my first radiation consult. An old man came in wearing a long blonde wig. He had the wig pulled into two pig tails, braided, with pink ribbons. He had plunked his ball cap on top of it. I burst out laughing as soon as I saw him and he grinned. "I love your hair," I said. He said, "Well, hell, if you gotta have cancer, you might just as well have some fun with it." I agreed with him. He was a garrulous charactor. I'm sort of a blabber mouth myself, so the next thing you know, we are talking and laughing like two people who have known each other a hundred years. It wasn't long before Bob was whisked away for his treatment. I heard his voice echoing down the hall as he tormented the staff mercilessly. There was another old gentleman sitting there and I said, "You know, I envy that guy! What a wonderful attitude." And that gentleman related his story of the first time he'd run into Bob, and how hard he'd laughed at his comic chatter. We both agreed on this one thing: One person with a big smile makes everybody smile.

Know what? When I go back tomorrow, I'll be the one grinning. Thanks to all of you for putting that grin on my face. I will pass it on. God bless you all.

Thank you Bush Babe, Hal, Pam, Jeannie (and 'Salina), Alison and her kewl girls, and Scotty. You made my day!
PS: If I missed anyone, I apologize. I didn't find you. Leave me a comment and I'll stop by.

33 comments:

Bush Babe said...

You are very welcome, my dear... you help us all in ways you cannot know. You are generous and wise and I love ya!! It's kinda nice to give something (even a light-hearted virtual par-tay) back...

Another glass of wine?
:-)
BB

Bush Babe said...

PS A couple more party-goers listed at my place for you to come and have a wine with...

jeanie said...

Sounds like you have some kindred spirits with you in reality as well as in virtual life.

Gentle hugs, darl - its your day!! Seize it.

Pam said...

You will be in my heart and on my mind tomorrow, dear lady!

nanatrish said...

Debby, I'd love to be there with bells on. I am so happy for you and I will be praying for you tomorrow. What an exciting day! You are a sweetheart and you deserve a great big party. I thank you for all your comments on my blog. O HAPPY DAY!!

Scotty said...

You're very welcome, Debby. :-)

A Novel Woman said...

Mwa, mwa, mwa! (those are smooches...you knew that, right?)

LOVE LOVE LOVE the pigtails story. That's my kind of guy.

Cheers,
Pam (ANW)

Mikey said...

Aww, I'm so glad for you! What a wonderful day!! :)

steviewren said...

Debby, I'm just dropping in for a second. I've got to make the rounds to all the parties thrown in your honor today! Enjoy the celebration friend. I know you'll be sharing the joy tomorrow at the Cancer Center.

Lavinia said...

Debby you've made it! HIP HIP HOORAY!!!

Please check my blog tomorrow (the 19th) for a very special little something just for you....

Congrat's Debby.....

Lavinia said...

Debby I'll be posting the link from Bush Babe's site too....

Lavinia said...

My post is now up for you!

Lavinia said...

Debby, you'll need to set aside five minutes for my post. Trust me, it will be five minutes well spent!!

M+B said...

Hope your last chemo session goes without a hitch. Enjoy your day :)

a woman who is said...

Prayers for you brave unknown sister. My heart is rejoicing with you for all that you have endured and will conquer.

Anonymous said...

Debby,
I've just recently started to post over at Pam's site, and I didn't want to miss this opportunity to congratulate you. My very best wishes.
Kathleen in VA

Anonymous said...

Well done Deb! I'll have a glass for you tonight too and will be thinking of you through the next day or so - think of you most days actually. I know what it feels like to graduate and you have done it with honours! You have shown such great courage in the face of everything, humour, love and wit and kept us all travelling with you. I would love to be like the guy in the pigtails too - hope he goes well also.
God bless you the rest of the way.
Love and hugs Barb

Debby said...

SSSSbeen so much fun! *hic* Haven't made all the parties yet...my computer's doing its virus scan and slowed way down. *wobble* but 'sokay. *lurch* I'm having trouble staying on my computer chair *hic* dunno what's wrong with the damn thing. Somebody want to fill my wine glass again? I think I'm going back to bed now. *Hic*

Dave said...

You sure have a lot of friends Debbie! Like you I think it's great to meet someone with a sense of humour who can make you laugh, regardless of their health. A good story. - Dave

MuseSwings said...

Debby! I've uncorked the chapmpagne for this auspicious occasion! You go girl!

Jeanne said...

Visting by way of Muse Swings. Congratulations! I'll lift one for you (after work)!

Caroline said...

Congratulations on finishing chemo. Radiation was so much better (and your hair might make a reappearance!)

Algernon said...

This is a great day. Well done, Debby. Congratulations!

Linda said...

AWESOME! CONGRATS!!! As a breast cancer survivor, let me tell you how happy I am for you. Blessings

(visiting by way of Muse)

Brenda said...

Hope everything goes well for you today,will be praying and thinking of you today!!!!

Martha said...

Congratulations on finishing Chemo! Best Wishes Always to you and your family.

Redlefty said...

Way to go!

Snarky A. said...

Congrats on finishing Chemo! I am so happy for you!

JANE said...

Came over from Muse. Big Congrats Debby!!

Renee said...

Debby, I am happy for you that you are finished this treatment. Be easy on yourself and the very best of everything. May you have a long and healthy life.

Renee

Bob said...

Cheers! Well done!

Donna said...

Debby, it was my pleasure to take part in your party!! I can't wait for the last day of radiation party!!

Blicky Kitty said...

Oh I'm always arriving late to bloggyland parties! How happy I was to read about your last treatment!!! Yay! I hope you enjoy the warmth from all of your bloggyland well wishers.