When we woke up this morning, Joe opened the final window on the beautiful Advent to Freedom calendar that Nancy and Ben made for him 30 days ago, to count down the final month to the last chemo. Behind that final window? Mark Cavendish, a kick-ass sprinter Joe much admires. Perfect inspiration for today!
Of course, Joe is going to feel crappy for about ten more days, especially since tomorrow is the Neulasta shot and the start of 5 days of prednisone, but from that point on, he'll just continually feel better. Oh how wonderful!
We heard such great news from Dr. Maloney today. We'll see him again in two months for a follow-up. Around the same time, Joe will also see the ENT about the mystery Something on his right tonsil, maybe have a biopsy. The doc doesn't think that the Something is lymphoma - unlikely, in his opinion. When I asked whether there was some period of time we had to get through after chemo to be in the clear, like 2 years or 5 years without recurrence, Dr. Maloney said No, Joe's in the clear right now. IN THE CLEAR RIGHT NOW!! Damn it, that feels pretty f*ing great!
More great news: Joe went on a little spin around the neighborhood just now with Laurent, celebrating the end of chemo and Laurent's first bike purchase. So, so glad about that.
So we're home and it feels like we're home free.
With so much love,