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At Long, Long Last…
and well worth the wait

All winter long, I’ve looked forward to being on this side of chemo.

And now, unbelievably, here we are!

It may be tedious, but I’m so thrilled to have reached what seemed for so long like an unattainable mirage, that I just must document this fabulous, fabulous day.

A Play by Play of this Beautiful, Long-Awaited Day:

9:06 a.m.

The morning drop off.

We’re pretty excited.

10:15 a.m.

Enroute to blood work.

Hope, hope, hoping that my counts are all fabulous and we go ahead with the infusion.

10:30 a.m.

Last pre-chemo bloodwork done. Yay!

A bit abrupt and shocking, but no problem at all.

11:30 a.m.

Waiting for bloodwork results and — hopefully! — chemo — and making friends in the lovely hospital lounge.

12:30 – 2:50

Blood counts are fine! On with the last infusion!

Thanks to a 70 year old firecracker named Helen, our chemo pod was full of laughter and good cheer. A fabulous final chemo experience.

2:55 p.m.

Ringing that bell!

Klunking, actually, but absolutely awesome!

3:23 p.m.

All done. Heading home.

Happy.

3:40 p.m.

Look who was waiting for us at home. A protective critter from our friend Caroline. Thank you!

I adore armadillos and this cheeky, cheery, luck-dispensing chum makes me giddy with joy each time I pass by him.

5:30 p.m.

A happy, happy trek to the Gratitude Statue.

Spring celebrated this exciting day in all its glory. As I made my way to and from the Gratitude Statue each day throughout this challenge, in deep snow or icy wind, I thought of the sleeping bulbs that lay in wait along the trail. And I dreamed forward to today.

It was well worth the wait.

9:00 p.m.

A massive celebratory basket of joy arrives from Aunt Barb, Uncle Wilf, Kelly, Ian, Luke and Jade. Thank you!

And a fabulous excuse to have a nice long telephone chat with each to dream of the big celebrations to come.

Andrea Ross was diagnosed with breast cancer October 6, 2009 and intends to survive and thrive. You can read more from Andrea here.

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Andrea Posted by Andrea April 2, 2010

April 2, 2010 at 12:41 pm.

74 comments

  • http://www.markblevis.com Mark

    If that world feels anything like, or better than, the world we're in now, I'm going to love being there. Hopefully there's no additional initiation ritual.

  • http://www.markblevis.com Mark

    If that world feels anything like, or better than, the world we're in now, I'm going to love being there. Hopefully there's no additional initiation ritual.

  • Linda W

    Another addition to the congratulations, loved all the pictures and the joy! wonderful! Linda W

  • Linda W

    Another addition to the congratulations, loved all the pictures and the joy! wonderful! Linda W

  • http://www.todmaffin.com/ Tod Maffin

    :-)

  • http://www.todmaffin.com/ Tod Maffin

    :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sriram-Venkataraman/642616153 Sriram Venkataraman

    Hearty congratulations, Andrea. What an indomitable spirit !! Praying that the treatment and recovery from here on is as smooth as the skate in the Rideau Canal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sriram-Venkataraman/642616153 Sriram Venkataraman

    Hearty congratulations, Andrea. What an indomitable spirit !! Praying that the treatment and recovery from here on is as smooth as the skate in the Rideau Canal.

  • http://www.WeCanRebuildHer.com Andrea Ross

    Thank you so much, Sriram!

    Hoping to glide the Rideau with you again soon!

  • http://www.WeCanRebuildHer.com Andrea Ross

    Thank you so much, Sriram!

    Hoping to glide the Rideau with you again soon!

  • http://www.WeCanRebuildHer.com Andrea Ross

    Thank you so much, Sriram!nnHoping to glide the Rideau with you again soon!

  • http://Photography.ca/ Marko

    Wow I'm SO SO happy to be reading this.
    I cannot tell you how impressed I am with both of you – true champions you are.
    You dealt with something tragic with incredible grace and a fierce determination and I personally have been touched by following the way you've handled (and triumphed against) this battle.

    Kudos to you both.

    Sincerely,

    Marko

  • http://Photography.ca/ Marko

    Wow I'm SO SO happy to be reading this.
    I cannot tell you how impressed I am with both of you – true champions you are.
    You dealt with something tragic with incredible grace and a fierce determination and I personally have been touched by following the way you've handled (and triumphed against) this battle.

    Kudos to you both.

    Sincerely,

    Marko

  • http://www.WeCanRebuildHer.com Andrea Ross

    Thank you so much, Marko, for following our journey and for your enthusiastic support.

    Hoping to see you at PAB!

  • http://www.WeCanRebuildHer.com Andrea Ross

    Thank you so much, Marko, for following our journey and for your enthusiastic support.

    Hoping to see you at PAB!

  • http://Photography.ca/ Marko

    Wow I’m SO SO happy to be reading this. nI cannot tell you how impressed I am with both of you – true champions you are.nYou dealt with something tragic with incredible grace and a fierce determination and I personally have been touched by following the way you’ve handled (and triumphed against) this battle.nnKudos to you both.nnSincerely,nnMarkonn

  • http://www.WeCanRebuildHer.com Andrea Ross

    Thank you so much, Marko, for following our journey and for your enthusiastic support.nnHoping to see you at PAB!

  • barbaramalaspina

    Hooray! So glad to see you have finished chemo and are on to the next phase — hair growing in, daily appreciation of life's little things and ready to challenge those pebbles and boulders that occasionally appear in the roadway. Enjoy your family too and appreciate that while you were on your journey, they were on one too. My daughters who were 6 and 9 when I had breast cancer (35 and 38 now) occasionally still tell me how it felt on their parallel journeys when I was going through chemo and then on the other side. My best to you and your family, Andrea. Barbara Malaspina, California breast cancer survivor.

  • barbaramalaspina

    Hooray! So glad to see you have finished chemo and are on to the next phase — hair growing in, daily appreciation of life's little things and ready to challenge those pebbles and boulders that occasionally appear in the roadway. Enjoy your family too and appreciate that while you were on your journey, they were on one too. My daughters who were 6 and 9 when I had breast cancer (35 and 38 now) occasionally still tell me how it felt on their parallel journeys when I was going through chemo and then on the other side. My best to you and your family, Andrea. Barbara Malaspina, California breast cancer survivor.

  • http://www.WeCanRebuildHer.com Andrea Ross

    Thank you for your kind wishes, Barbara, and for your advice and perspective. Yes, we've all been on a journey and it's just begun. We're hoping it's a good one.

    Wishing you continued good health and happiness,
    Andrea

  • http://www.WeCanRebuildHer.com Andrea Ross

    Thank you for your kind wishes, Barbara, and for your advice and perspective. Yes, we've all been on a journey and it's just begun. We're hoping it's a good one.

    Wishing you continued good health and happiness,
    Andrea

  • Anonymous

    Hooray! So glad to see you have finished chemo and are on to the next phase — hair growing in, daily appreciation of life’s little things and ready to challenge those pebbles and boulders that occasionally appear in the roadway. Enjoy your family too and appreciate that while you were on your journey, they were on one too. My daughters who were 6 and 9 when I had breast cancer (35 and 38 now) occasionally still tell me how it felt on their parallel journeys when I was going through chemo and then on the other side. My best to you and your family, Andrea. Barbara Malaspina, California breast cancer survivor.

  • http://www.WeCanRebuildHer.com Andrea Ross

    Thank you for your kind wishes, Barbara, and for your advice and perspective. Yes, we’ve all been on a journey and it’s just begun. We’re hoping it’s a good one.nnWishing you continued good health and happiness,nAndrea

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