I celebrated the last radiation treatment on Friday, January 11, 2012. Seven weeks already over! Chemo treatments ended a few weeks ago so cancer treatment is completed. Bill, my mom, sis and niece were there, and I was given a certificate. “This Certificate of Graduation is hereby given to Kathryn Spurgeon for completing this course of Radiation Therapy with great courage and determination.” How about that for some good news!
Had a low blood pressure (78/52), diarrhea and light-headedness which means dehydration so the last two days of treatment I was given fluids to pump me up. Also a shot each day to help my white blood count. Overall I’m doing great. Radiation burn will take some time to heal and fatigue may stick around for a while. On the positive side, I did not lose my hair. I did not have mouth sores. I did not get the flu. I lost only five pounds.
When the doc exclaimed about how well I handled all this, I told her that many people were praying for me. Tears came to her eyes, and she said, “I agree. That helps.” So now I think we should pray for Dr. Craig and the doctors, nurses, therapists, and technicians who treat cancer patients. They carry the burden of people’s lives.
Thank you, support team, for all the many blessings you have given me. I don’t know how to thank you appropriately. You have graciously given and given with cards, visits, gifts, calls, food, transportation, emails, concern and of course, prayer. I never knew such a caring group of people were out there. I guess I did, I just never equated it to caring about me. I’ve learned so much from you about how to care for others. I have not always been so sensitive to sick people but I hope to be more so in the future.
Bill stayed home with me this weekend as I rested. He was bored along with me on Saturday, but Sunday a kitchen sink water problem gave him something to do. He worked all day and finally had to put in a new faucet. Sometimes boredom is not so bad.
My spirit has been peaceful through this whole ordeal. I am amazed. God has been so good. Jesus’ sweet spirit has been with me.
Hope you are cheering with me today as I have successfully completed all of the cancer treatments!
You are loved,