Moving Into a New Phase

It is hard to believe that on the 31st of this month, it will be 6 months since I was diagnosed with Leukemia. Half a year of my life… gone like the wind.  So much has happened in that time. On one hand it feels like it has flown by yet it also feels like it has been years of being a warrior forced into combat.

I just finished a long two month phase which consisted of multiple hospital stays. I am so relieved those are behind me. I am currently recovering before I begin the next phase. Since the beginning of my treatment, the doctors have been saying things will be easier when I get to the maintenance phase. I am still months away from the maintenance phase. Sad face. What they failed to tell me is that the phases I have already completed are the “easy” phases. What? I was recently told, the next phase is going to be 2 months long and the most difficult part of the treatment plan. When my doctor told me this, I looked over at my mom and just shook my head. Really? I thought to myself, “is this a joke?” What could be more difficult than 6 months of treatment, daily vomiting, 12 or 13 surgeries (I can’t remember), time lost at school, watching my body decay and losing most of my friends?

The good news is I am finally doing Homebound now. It feels good to be using my brain again.  I think I will be able to salvage the 2nd semester of my sophomore year. Yay! I will try to make up the 1st semester over the summer. I most likely will not be able to make up all of it. So, I will have to forgo golf and electives next year to take extra academic classes in order to stay on track.

I am also behind on my driver’s training. I need to get those hours done and start practicing driving. I was thinking I could start driving to some of my appointments and this may alleviate some of my car sickness. My mom says that she will need the barf bucket at the thought of me driving. Ha!

On another positive note, they told me that my hair was going to fall out again during the phase I just completed. However, my hair did not fall out. It’s growing back strong and it is very dark. I also have all my eyelashes and my eyebrows. Hair follicles of steel, baby! Apple. Tree.

Once again, I want to thank Faith’s Army for all your love and support. I could not do this without you. #faithbeatscancer

Love, Faith

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