A Bump in the Road

A week ago I was writing here that my body was handling treatment so well and I was so proud, and then Tuesday something unexpected happened.

I woke up Tuesday morning with a strange and intense pain in my stomach. I had no idea what it was and I was going to wait the pain out until my chemo appointment that afternoon to get checked out but finally the pain became so bad that I was vomiting and I told my mom that she needed to take me to the hospital. So she loaded me up and drove me (quickly!) to the hospital while trying to avoid any major bumps in the road, haha. What a kind lady… I have no idea what I would have done without her this past week.

Once I got to the hospital, I immediately had an x-ray and nothing was found. My oncologist wasn’t sure what was going on so she wanted to order me a CT scan but changed her mind and said I should just go for a ultrasound (limiting my exposure to radiation). I had my ultrasound and it was discovered that it was my appendix. My oncologist has never seen anyone with appendicitis while on the treatment I am on. There’s no saying how or why my appendix decided it wanted to come out on Tuesday but it did and I’m just lucky that it was removed before it ruptured!

Once it was discovered that it was my appendix, I was given pain meds and admitted into a private hospital room (which I was so blessed to have!) because I am immunosuppressed and it isn’t good for me to be around other people who could potentially pass something to me and I had surgery at 10 o’clock that night. My surgeon was incredible and truly made me feel at ease before the surgery and he even came back to do his rounds and check on me at 6:30 am the next morning!

I was also given white blood cell injections at the hospital because mine are still low. My mom and one of my best friends Emily stayed with me the whole night while I waited for surgery and until I woke up in recovery and I was very thankful to see their faces when I woke up! I was blessed that night with an amazing nurse who took such good care of me all throughout the night which I was also very thankful for.

Being that I had to deal with appendicitis, my cancer treatments were unfortunately put on hold, so I start chemo again tomorrow and I’m really not looking forward to it because it has been so nice to have a break from it for a few days but I know that I have to do what I have to do so I’m trying to be strong and trying to be ready to start again. I keep thinking that my body must have needed a break from the chemo and so maybe that’s why my appendix acted up. Obviously not accurate, but a nice thought, none the less.

This past week has been very rough and I’m really unsure of what else could possibly happen to me health-wise. I was so upset that my treatments had to stop. I have had a few meltdowns from being so stressed and upset but my day was brightened so much when I received 3 flower deliveries on Friday! A huge special thank you to one of my best friends Alli and her incredible mom, Sherril and brother, Drew for the beautiful arrangement! Lori Weber also sent my mom and I a beautiful bouquet and my incredible/amazing/understanding bosses sent me a gorgeous arrangement with my favourite flowers, peonies!! A huge thank you to Mary Lou and Doug and Lynn! You guys have been so understanding with me throughout all of this and I love you all! A huge huge huge thank you to all of you for brightening my week 🙂

Through my cancer diagnosis, I’ve discovered how strong I truly am but with my appendicitis on top of everything, I didn’t know that I was as strong as I am.

Today was my cousin’s bridal shower and some of my family were asking me how I am handing all of this and how I’m handling it as well as I am and all I can say is “What else can I do?” because there’s really nothing else I can do but smile and roll with the punches and trust that God is only giving me what I can handle.

Thank you for your prayers and well wishes!

2 thoughts on “A Bump in the Road

  1. Love you so much sweetie. You are a very strong and brave young lady. You are going to kick week 3 in the butt. I will be right there with you. Love MOM


  2. I recall from my “younger days” a speaker describing the difference between understanding and realizing: one understands with the brain, one realizes with the heart. To others, this may appear as a crisis, but you realize it is a bump. You are able to appreciate the little things: a private room, the nurse with you, the surgeon (your mom said he was cute), the flowers, etc. All these are meant to fill your “emotional tank” since you are the inspiration for so many. Keep smiling – John has baked another rhubarb pie for you!!


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