My Gold Medal!

Corbin and I had a great time watching the Olympics (and even creating our own Olympic events in our living room)!  Hearing the athletes interviewed, they kept saying the same thing, over and over.  “This is what I’ve been training for the past 4 years.  This is my goal, what I’ve been working so hard toward.”

Although I’ll NEVER be an Olympic athlete, I can closely relate to their statement.  When I was diagnosed Stage IV in October 2008, Corbin wasn’t even 2.  With the average life expectancy of a Stage IV diagnosis 2.5 years, I set my goal of seeing him go to kindergarten.  For the past 4 years, this is what I’ve been looking forward to while enjoying the precious moments of the present.  And, this week I’ll get to see my goal.  I won’t be standing on a podium, listening to the national anthem, or receiving a medal; but it will be one of the biggest moments of my life.  Absolutely LEGENDARY!

Like the Olympic athletes, I have so many to thank.  First, God.  While it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of now, I try to remember His plan is perfect, even if I can’t understand it.  I also want to thank my family.  They are the most amazing people I could ask for in my life!  I joke that they are my “spouse” in helping me live as a single mom.  I cannot thank them enough!!!  I also want to thank all of you, friends, strangers, prayer warriors.  This is one huge answered prayer and I’m so incredibly thankful!

In getting a 2nd and 3rd opinion, I learned there are still some chemotherapy options, but they are pretty toxic.  It’s a very fine line to decide when to change to chemo because it will decrease my quality of life.  There also comes a time when the cancer becomes “chemo-resistant.”  With each chemo cocktail I’ve completed, the cancer has found a way to morph and grow/progress in spite of the chemotherapy treatment.   If you saw me at the grocery store today, I look “healthy” and have a pretty active quality of life.  At this time, the plan is to continue the double anti-hormonal and meet with my doctor monthly to assess the situation.

While there will be many tears shed as children go back to school, mine will be from excitement of being at this momentous occasion.  Thank you for sharing in this journey.

Xoxo

Jen

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