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Chemo Birthday

My 37th Birthday was spent in a chemo chair. It’s not exactly where one wants to be on their birthday. It’s also gotten really bad in our area with COVID cases so it’s not like I missed out on a party or fun dinner out. It is what it is. 

I was determined to make it a fun day regardless. I woke up to singing boys and breakfast in bed with ice cold eggnog that I knew I couldn’t drink later (thanks Oxiliplatin). My Mom came to take me to chemo and we stopped for a free birthday drink at Dutch Bros because #tradition! 

I wore an awesome shirt my Mom made that said “Birthday shirt $20, Birthday Chemo- Priceless” and took my floor cupcakes to share!

I spent way longer in the chair than I should have. I arrived at 9:50 and didn’t get home until 6pm. Lots of mix ups and miscommunication and system issues etc etc led to the longest day of my life. 

But I came home to gifts and my Mom brought my requested birthday dinner (taco salads and funfetti cake!) And I had loads of messages and texts to sift through as well as goodies at my doorstep! 

I truly felt so blessed and thankful. I could choose to wallow, but I could also choose to think “My birthday was a day where cancer killing drugs are helping me live, where kind nurses wished me happy birthday and where God was with me despite the circumstances.

Am I always joyful? Nope. Do I get angry and sad? Yep. I will always share those moments because it matters to me to be genuine, but I will also share these moments of joy hidden in the dark because sometimes you have to look hard but it can be found... hope is always right there.

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1U5hbdYhXuByqRVo9BWbUMYB3B957Y7zb
Reflections 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1NIEToe26lKRqCCvWsCrol2eQGQQPHP07
Handmade bookmarks from Jack

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=13cDvVKdv1S38fIZEuKfZw7euQoGv9y2b
Thanks Mom! 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1pAsllXDkygd6VL8e6orOCU9uAp4yJDUd
Jack made me this 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1-ePu4qhGRp3_iIu2lFIfA3zd300JILk_
Camden made me this 


https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1134FfRxRh8cvKSZU_h0yuStzuka7RprG
Christian made me this  

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=19noUQYFQ2bKyFf4UyUrlEvU7LiEyAzPd
If the sock fits! 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1-kLPgAp8I7we0tz3z7HK8zjbg-a7ttp5
Flowers from my sweetie with a quote from my favorite show 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1o9d3Z3momjjt7kjyiysONz1xAaPC8ykX
My caregiver and warrior husband and Dad 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1vskCWRx7z5-0M2VM3zUzo50tjlh5dUtx
Jack made me two special birthday comics and they are AMAZING! 

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