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Ring the bell! Amanda is finished chemo!

Amanda Simpson rings the bell at the 11VIC Long Chemo nursing desk, signaling the end of her chemotherapy treatment for ovarian cancer. Yay, Amanda!
Done!

The third treatment in the seventh round of chemotherapy is OVER and that means Amanda is done her chemo treatment. Yay! She shook off the benadryl sleepiness and got up to ring the bell at the nurses' station, bringing on a round of applause from the nurses and patients in the Long Room.

Now she's in for a final round of side-effects: we're not expecting to see much of her on Friday and Saturday as she'll probably be stuck in bed with no energy and general misery.

Her hair's already starting to come back. She's lost a lot of weight from not eating. (Yes to Boost juice-boxes, no to the chalky creamy Boost and Ensure in bottles.) Her mood seems to be improving.

A few weeks from now she'll return to hospital for one more surgery, this time to remove the implanted port that was supposed to be used for intraperitoneal chemotherapy before something was botched, sending poison into her surrounding tissues.

Then it's on to recovery and learning to live as a cancer survivor instead of a cancer patient.

Not sure how we're going to do that, but this was supposed to be the hard part.

For now, it's a big milestone toward having this thing beaten. We hope it's gone forever.

Comments

  1. Congrats!!! This is amazing news!!

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  2. I hope it's gone forever and totally wiped out. I hope Amanda rests well and recovers from the treatment soon.

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  3. Hi there! I was actually just checking out a few of your posts and wanted to say congrats on getting through the third treatment! I'm glad to see that she has a great support system and wish her the best with her new role as a cancer survivor. I had a quick question about your blog. I was hoping you could email me back when you get the chance -emilywalsh688 (at) gmail.com- Thanks!

    Emmy

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  4. Thrilled that you have both reached this milestone. So many reasons to fight. You remain in my thoughts and in my prayers for complete eradication of the cancer and a long, happy life as a survivor!

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  5. congrats on getting to this point. my partner went thru similar for stage 3 stomach and esophageal.chemo-surgery-more chemo. whole thing went from sept'12 to early july'13. CT was clear in late sept. was a tough road as you know. we wish you the best.

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  6. So happy to hear that Amanda is finished with chemo! That's is amazing that her hair is already beginning to grow back! I was treated with Taxol and Carboplatin for my ovarian cancer and my hair didn't start to come back for a good two months after my last chemo. Best wishes for a complete recovery. Please keep us posted on how she is doing. Heidi

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  7. This is truly a milestone worthy to be celebrated! Congratulation Scott & Amanda. May your road to recovery be just as much a milestone as the process it was to get there. I continue to pray that God will be with you all and may He pour out His blessings as you are all worthy to be blessed!

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