So today was it-Joel's very last day of chemo. I already am having a difficult time even putting into words what this week has felt like. I could use words like overwhelming, surreal, bittersweet and all of those would certainly apply. How do I even begin to say what it feels like to have your life wide open with beauty and possibility once again? There were so many days near the beginning where I literally never thought this day would come and how would we ever get through a year of chemo? This journey was full of so many ups and downs but as I look back I see so much beauty that came from those difficult moments. I think it will probably take me awhile to process it all and explain it more thoroughly but I will in time. This week I went pretty picture happy. I wanted to document every day of this momentous week. Here are all of the happy moments. Hope you enjoy.
Day #1 on our way to chemo and actually HAPPY to go!
Day #1 the countdown begins.
Day #2 posing by the sign which leads us back to the chemo room every cycle.
Making the goodie bags for our nurses.
We filled the bags with hand lotion, since they are always having to wash their hands, and of course lots of goodies and a special message on the front.
Day #3 is done! A quick shot of Joel at the elevator before we left for the day.
Goodbye-you will not be missed.
A quick check-in visit with our doctor before the last cycle is over. Yes, he is connected to his chemo at the same time.
Last day, last day, last daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!
Hooked up for the very last time.
Getting un-hooked for the very last time.
Mandi, Janna, Sarah, Joel, Vicki and Danna.
Our nurses and now our friends. I sobbed as we hugged and I thanked them for all they have done for us. They are wonderful ladies. Even though we will see them often it just won't be the same. This was one of the bittersweet parts.
One more with everyone-Lori, Vicki, Sarah, Joel, Janna, Dana, and Mandi.
Mom cooked dinner, decorated the house, and the family stopped by to celebrate. Here's Joel and I posing in front of one of his signs.
Tired but beyond happy.
"...give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified."—Isaiah 61:3
An ending of one journey is the beginning of another. We can't wait to see what's in store.
We love you,
Sarah & Joel