Life after cancer.

Tonight, I am once again reminded why my mother has the biggest heart of anyone that I know.

Tomorrow is her (fingers crossed) last chemotherapy treatment. She’s been talking about it for weeks. And, though it’s been a pretty freaking miserable process for her the past few months, we were very lucky that her cancer was caught early, and that (fingers crossed) she’ll go into complete remission and we’ll never have to deal with cancer again.

Anyways, I digress.

After spending a few hours at Starbucks tonight, with a friend of mine, I returned home to find that my mother had gone to bed even earlier than usual. An hour earlier than normal. When I asked my dad if she was alright (being worried that she’d gone to bed so early) he said that she was tired from all of the baking she’d done.

What?

Oh yeah. My mom, with the help of my dad, baked lemon pie tarts for the staff of the cancer clinic. She plans to give them to all of the staff tomorrow when she goes in for her last treatment.

Atop the container filled with lemon tarts, she’d taped a note. The envelope says ‘Thank You’. Me, being the nosey daughter that I am, had to open it to read the note.

Here’s how it reads.

Thank You.

Thank you to each and every one of you [she names the staff members, doctors and nurses who’ve helped her the past few months] for helping me, for taking me on my worst day, at my lowest moment and making me feel better. Thank you for wiping away my tears, talking away my fears and for treating me as good, if not better, then you would treat your own family members.

It’s because of the incredible kindness of each of you hat I am here, that I have the opportunity for full recovery, that I get to be one of the lucky ones.

Thank you. It’s because of you that I’ve got a second chance. You’ve given me my life back, and I can’t stop thinking about all of the Christmas and Birthday celebrations that I’ll get to be a part of with my children and grandchildren now, thanks to you. Every moment, every celebration, it will matter that much more than it ever did before.

I am eternally grateful for all that you’ve done for me. And, I really hope that you take this a good way when I say that I hope I never have to visit here ever again.

Sincerely,

[Mom’s name]

I most definitely had an ‘I’m not crying, you’re crying’ moment when I read it. I resealed the envelope and taped it back to the container as to not let her know that anyone touched it.

Tomorrow is her final chemotherapy treatment (if all goes according to plan). I’m feeling grateful, and thankful that she now gets to start thinking about life after cancer. I know not everyone gets that lucky. And, from the note I read, it sounds like she’s already begun planning her life after cancer… which in itself makes me extremely happy.

19 thoughts on “Life after cancer.

  1. Your mom is an incredible woman. Wishing her full recovery and lots of happiness. My mom had her last chemo 2 years ago and is doing fine. And I am so grateful to all the people who helped her to get through that time❤❤❤

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    1. She is pretty incredible, thank you. I’m so glad to hear another success story in hearing that your mom is healthy and happy and thriving. Thank you for sharing. It makes me feel good ❤

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  2. Just found out my cancer is back and waiting on PET scan Monday and then find out what the treatment plan is Wed. Your mom gives me hope. Thank you for posting this. P.S, I am nominating you for the Mystery Blogger Award and will send you the Rules and info later today.

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    1. I did read your post about the cancer after you made it. I was having a hard time because I wanted to say something, but I also didn’t know what to say because I was counting down the time to my mom’s final treatment today. I’m so sorry to hear that your cancer has returned. I’m sending love and light to the universe for you so that you can get a treatment plan to help you fight through, and so that you get the much needed holiday that you deserve. ❤

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  3. Nurses, man. They are the best. Bless your mom for giving them their due. They too often go without thanks or appreciation of the difficult job they have. And best to your mom, too. Going through chemo is, at best, a trial.

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    1. Nurses are the best. They’ve done some incredible things for my mom over the past few months. I’m forever grateful for the really, probably almost thankless job they end up doing.

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  4. Yes everyone is not that lucky. I am happy to learn about your mother’s progress. Wish her a happy and healthy life ahead. And a longer companionship with the family memners.
    I lost my mom to cancer, 9 years back but still feel that pain and habe that void in my heart.

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    1. I’m so sorry for the loss of your mom. It’s definitely something that went through my mind when she got the diagnosis. Sending you love and hugs ❤ I can't imagine what you went through. Hopefully you've got plenty of fond and lovely memories of her.

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