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.

About Andrea

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

  • Mantolovich

    Wooo hooo!!! Congrats again – awesome!! 😀

  • Mantolovich

    Wooo hooo!!! Congrats again – awesome!! 😀

  • Thank you, Mary!

    We'll be celebrating with you very soon!!

  • Thank you, Mary!

    We'll be celebrating with you very soon!!

  • terrydoherty

    Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! You have made my week … heck my whole April.

  • terrydoherty

    Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! You have made my week … heck my whole April.

  • Thank you, Terry!

    And thanks for helping us get here!

    be well and be happy,
    Andrea

    ps. It's very suddenly 27degC here today. It's a whole new life!

  • Thank you, Terry!

    And thanks for helping us get here!

    be well and be happy,
    Andrea

    ps. It's very suddenly 27degC here today. It's a whole new life!

  • andreabeaty

    Hurrah!!! Congrats. Truly a milestone to embrace. Happy End of Chemo and happy Spring!

  • andreabeaty

    Hurrah!!! Congrats. Truly a milestone to embrace. Happy End of Chemo and happy Spring!

  • steve

    Yabba Dabba, frigin' DOOOO!!
    Have a GREAT weekend, you guys.

  • steve

    Yabba Dabba, frigin' DOOOO!!
    Have a GREAT weekend, you guys.

  • Thank you, Andrea!!

    Happy spring to you too!

  • Thank you, Andrea!!

    Happy spring to you too!

  • Thank you, Steve, for this enthusiastic note and for all your support thus far.

    We will be celebrating with you before you know it!
    Andrea
    xoxo

  • Thank you, Steve, for this enthusiastic note and for all your support thus far.

    We will be celebrating with you before you know it!
    Andrea
    xoxo

  • flo

    Aaaaaaaaaaawwww !!! Thats' amzazingly great news !!!omg it's awesome !!!!

    1000 times Yay and tons on love to both you youuuu ! < 3 have a great time 😀 !!!!

  • flo

    Aaaaaaaaaaawwww !!! Thats' amzazingly great news !!!omg it's awesome !!!!

    1000 times Yay and tons on love to both you youuuu ! < 3 have a great time 😀 !!!!

  • Julie Anderton

    So glad to hear Andrea – wishing you many happy days of a healthy future! 🙂

  • Julie Anderton

    So glad to hear Andrea – wishing you many happy days of a healthy future! 🙂

  • Thank you, Flo!

  • Thank you, Flo!

  • Thanks, Julie.

    I think of you often and keep hoping our paths will cross on a very regular basis very soon.

  • Thanks, Julie.

    I think of you often and keep hoping our paths will cross on a very regular basis very soon.

  • Excuse my language, but right-fucking-on.

  • Excuse my language, but right-fucking-on.

  • No need to apologize for the language, Derek. In fact, it was the exact thing I needed for my next rush of excitement about the milestone.

  • No need to apologize for the language, Derek. In fact, it was the exact thing I needed for my next rush of excitement about the milestone.

  • Huge congratulations!!! You did it! Bask in this new glory, all of you. You deserve this happy time. Continued best wishes.

  • Huge congratulations!!! You did it! Bask in this new glory, all of you. You deserve this happy time. Continued best wishes.

  • missrumphius

    Best freakin' news I've heard in a long time. You are a rock! I hope the hangover days go by quickly and that you really get to enjoy spring and all the it means and brings.

  • missrumphius

    Best freakin' news I've heard in a long time. You are a rock! I hope the hangover days go by quickly and that you really get to enjoy spring and all the it means and brings.

  • spydergrrl

    Congratulations! Cancer can indeed kiss your ass. Pwned!

  • spydergrrl

    Congratulations! Cancer can indeed kiss your ass. Pwned!

  • Hooray! And just in time for spring, the season of renewal. Andrea, I'm sending thoughts of health and healing from Colorado. My best to the two of you, and to your beautiful girls. You're all amazing!

  • Hooray! And just in time for spring, the season of renewal. Andrea, I'm sending thoughts of health and healing from Colorado. My best to the two of you, and to your beautiful girls. You're all amazing!

  • Wohoo!!!! This is amazing 😀 I'm really happy for you both!

  • Wohoo!!!! This is amazing 😀 I'm really happy for you both!

  • ColleenMondor

    Biggest, most heartfelt congrats to you both. I'm so glad this day has come and look forward to welcoming you to the wonderful world of “I had cancer and kicked its ass”! Trust me, you're going to love it here!

  • ColleenMondor

    Biggest, most heartfelt congrats to you both. I'm so glad this day has come and look forward to welcoming you to the wonderful world of “I had cancer and kicked its ass”! Trust me, you're going to love it here!

  • This spring really is turning out to be incredible. With the last chemo behind us and the weather unusually warm for April 2, we went to bed still riding high and with the windows open. That, of course, meant we woke up to the fantastic sound of birds chirping.

  • This spring really is turning out to be incredible. With the last chemo behind us and the weather unusually warm for April 2, we went to bed still riding high and with the windows open. That, of course, meant we woke up to the fantastic sound of birds chirping.

  • Thank you so much for the kind words and being a part of our celebration.

  • Thank you so much for the kind words and being a part of our celebration.

  • Woohoo!!!

  • Woohoo!!!

  • Thanks so much for the kind words and support, Linda. Our current situation is the perfect way to start my favourite season.

  • Thanks so much for the kind words and support, Linda. Our current situation is the perfect way to start my favourite season.

  • Thanks, Nico. Here's hoping we can continue the celebration with you at PAB.

  • Thanks, Nico. Here's hoping we can continue the celebration with you at PAB.

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