235 CT Scan and Cycle 10

But 10 already bodes brighter. The storm has passed. The sun is shining.


It will go fast.  It will seem like no time at all.  The end is near, 12 chemo cycles, just one month to go.  Already?  It feels like an accomplishment, like there is gratitude for the experience and for the end.  Tears pour down my cheeks, wet and hot, and the deep emotional meaning eludes my mind.


Nicole, my infusion nurse commented, “What will I do without you?”  I laughed.  They will use chemo again.  Unless…miraculous remission. Let’s cheer for miraculous remission!


Cycle 9 was rugged.  I usually have a week of easy.  Nine didn’t believe in an “easy button”:  Yeast infections popping over different surfaces, cold sores, cracking skin, burning stoma with blistering skin, and the wound deepening.  My ground was quaking.  I couldn’t get my footing.

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But 10 already bodes brighter.  The storm has passed.  The sun is shining.
The CT results came in, and the colon cancer continues to react and retract to the chemotherapy.  The lymph nodes show to be smaller, less active.  That is the ultimate goal.

Health is a gift.  Breath is a gift.  Every day that we can contribute is worth celebration.  Our lives are a blessing.  Dance, sing, celebrate!

Today, make a list of past challenges you’ve overcome and give thanks for the strength you had to overcome them.

Author: Michele Plumb Stowell

Michele Stowell was a teacher, a hand holder, and encouraging voice. Born an early Gen Xer, she has lived in Western Washington for the duration. Her children, two spectacular genetic daughters and an uncountable number of marvelous scout and school sons and daughters, shine as her biggest impact and her greatest blessing. Just before her 54th birthday, Michele was diagnosed with stage four cancer. Her writing and art work are expressions of the drama and the joy of living earth bound. On October 24, 2021, Michele was released from her physical body, transported to continue her work on other realms.

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