Yesterday i had a 6 weeks post radiation follow up with my radiation oncologist, and today i had an appointment with my surgeon. Things are starting to get much better, but i have developed a brutal cough. My radiation oncologist explained that the radiation effected the top portions of my lungs and they have been a bit irritated. Generally patients will develop this cough a few months after radiation but since mine has come much earlier we suspect i am healing much faster.
I am extremely happy i am starting to get better but some days it feels like this is all dragging on forever. I just want to wake up one day and feel perfectly healthy but i know its going to take some time.
Other then Doctors appointments and voice therapy i’ve been busy with skating and getting ready for the Olympic Dreams ice show!
Its officially been 6 months since i finished my last round of chemo. my doctor said it would take about 6 months for all the chemo to run through my body. i figured it had run though my body much earlier then 6 months since i wasn’t feeling any effects. just this week my eyelashes started to fall out again. I think its my body telling me the chemo is finally leaving my system and its giving me one last kick in the butt. I cant believe its been 6 months since i finished chemo, and i am so thankful for my friends and family who supported me through it all. i couldn’t have done it without all of you.
Rest in peace Olivia. at times like this i realize how lucky i truly am. my heart goes out to Olivia and her family.
Sectionals began on Friday night when i did my short program. As much as i said i didn’t expect anything out of myself, i definitely did. We finished the choreography for the short program much earlier then we finished the long program, so i felt i was most prepared for the short. After i competed i was very disappointed with myself. i didn’t land all of my jumps and my spins were not their best. I started to wonder if i had really pushed myself to compete for nothing. I wondered if everyday i stayed in bed all day and just made myself wake up and get up so i could skate was worth it. but after being upset for a while i quickly realized i needed to put things into perspective. I have been off the ice for 8 months and i wasn’t exactly taking a vacation. So i tried to forget about friday as i moved into saturday. Saturday was my long program and i knew i was really going to have to focus. The program was only finished 2 weeks ago and it was already time to compete. But most importantly i wanted to have fun, i wanted to get back on the competition ice after a long year and remind myself that i kicked cancers butt. I began my long program with a smile on my face and i enjoyed every minute of it, and it turned out to be a very good skate. I didn’t have the same level of difficulty in my jumps as most of my competitors, but thats not what this competition was about for me anyways. I just wanted to get myself back out there and enjoy myself because i think i deserve to smile after such a tough battle.
Its been almost 2 weeks since i finished Radiation. My doctors were defiantly right, it had to get worse before things got better. The last 2 weeks have not been my easiest but i am very excited for the next few days! Tomorrow morning i am speaking at the WICC Breakfast to share my own cancer journey. and Friday night is sectionals! i’m extremely excited to compete again.
here is the poster and video for the Event tomorrow morning.
the day we went to emergency
The day i was diagnosed
After the Tracheotomy
The day i found out i needed chemotherapy
First day of chemotherapy (shaving dads head)
First time back on the ice since Chemo started
Day at Kiss 92.5fm
Head shaving party
never missed one Leafs game during Chemo
Notre Dame Leadership Conference
The last day of chemo
day of surgery
Sick Kids fundraiser “Concert for Carley”
The best 18th Birthday! all the puree foods you can imagine.
Right before T-tube removal surgery
First day of radiation
Last day of Radiation