Megan finally seems to be fully recovered from her unexpected gallbladder surgery that set her back the day after New Years. Also, the further removed she gets from those toxic chemotherapy treatments, the stronger she gets. With each passing day she gains a little more strength and a little more stamina. Slowly but surely, her lung capacity seems to be improving to the point that she really doesn’t ask for her wheelchair anymore. If we were walking a very long distance, she would probably still need it, but prior to this, she needed it just to get in and out of a restaurant. Besides gaining strength, one of the telltale signs that a cancer patient is getting better is when you start to see their hair come back…and if you look close, you can see Megan’s hair starting to grow. Fighting this third official relapse set her back, but as usual, Megan never lost faith. In fact, this latest fight only made her stronger and more determined than ever to defeat this evil beast. As the great Babe Ruth once said,
“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”
I could tell Megan was really feeling better this week when she wanted to go work extra time at the dance studio. She and Miss Kim put in quite a few hours on Monday and Tuesday organizing and getting things ready for their June dance recital. Megan also worked her regular shift on Wednesday and Thursday evening, but instead of coming home exhausted, she seemed to be more energized. When she was in treatment, on the days she was actually able to get to work she would come home and head right up to bed because she was so tired. Sometimes when she went to work, she would have to come home early because she was just too exhausted. However, this week when she came home she told us about things that happened at work and seemed in no hurry to get to bed. It’s so refreshing to see her getting back to her old self. You will probably notice that there are not near as many pictures of her napping with her pets as I used to post. Instead, she is usually playing with them or smiling as they keep her company. It’s just one more sign that cancer is losing!!!
On Thursday evening, Megan came over to the high school after work because it was Senior Night for the Lady Coaler basketball team. Since our neighbor, Madison Emerson, is a senior, we all wanted to see her play her final home game. Madison was awesome as she scored 26 points and led our girls to a big win. Here are a couple pictures from after the game.
We were all excited to get to Friday because Kenzi was coming home from college for the weekend. Her 21st birthday was on Tuesday, January 28 (which doesn’t seem possible!!!), so she was coming home to celebrate with us over the weekend. Also, our family traditionally has a Super Bowl party with friends and family, so Kenzi likes to come home for that as well. This year, Kenzi brought her friends Ellyn and Jonah along for the weekend party, which only added to the fun atmosphere at our house. Kenzi and her friends got in on Friday night, and on Saturday night we all went out to BASH in Ottawa for Kenzi’s birthday supper. The food was great and we had so much fun!
On Sunday, we spent the day getting things ready for our Super Bowl party because our guests were going to start arriving at about 3:00 p.m. As always, we all ate too much, but we sure enjoyed the fun and games. While I was working to get some of the food ready, everyone else played some board games, and as you can see, they were having a great time.
After our guests got there, it was time to eat and get ready for the game. My sister Amy lives in Kansas City, so were all pulling for her Chiefs to pull off the victory…which they did. The game was exciting, but the real fun is getting together with family and friends.
As soon as the game ended, Kenzi and her friends loaded her car and started on the three hour trek back to Madison, WI. As much as we wanted them to stay another night, they all have class in the morning and felt more comfortable getting back tonight instead of getting up at 5 a.m. to drive back. We always miss Kenzi so much when she has to leave, but we know she is just where she needs to be right now.
Words could never adequately express how comforting it is to write a post about Megan actually feeling good. It seems like every post for the past 7 months has been about Megan’s brutal treatments, the various difficult side effects caused by these toxic chemotherapy drugs, and other medical issues such as her unexpected gallbladder episode. It’s been a long, hard fight back for her, but anyone who knows Megan knows that she never stays down for long. She is getting stronger and is more determined than ever before…and that’s bad news for cancer!!!
It doesn’t get much better than this week. Megan is feeling so much better; Kenzi was home for the weekend; and we got to spend today laughing with family and friends. We are truly blessed. Until next week…