Most women my age have their “monthly maintenance” routines. Hair, nails, facials, maybe some botox. Well while I try to do some of those things as well…..but also do not have the time and $$ for most of it; MY monthly maintenance also consists of my monthly trip to DFCI. My  labs, appointments, shots, infusions etc. All part of my “normal” routine!! Almost two years in and it is all still so crazy to me. This month my appointment fell on Valentine’s Day. So romantic, right! Well while I was sitting in the infusion chair, a volunteer at DFCI came over and asked me if I would like a hand massage, which I loved while another volunteer passed me a chocolate heart while wishing me a Happy Valentines Day!! Truly wonderful people that work and volunteer their time at the clinic.

I also observed while in the waiting room two women. One who was starting her treatment, flanked on each side by her husband and a woman who I assume to be her sister or friend. A social worker and nurse explaining the treatment and what to expect. I also observed another woman with her husband and college aged daughter. They looked like it was their first appointment. The woman looking disheveled and in a state of shock while her daughter was taking notes and trying to hold it all together for her parents. I have been in both of those positions and sat reflecting on how scary those first few appointments are…..and while they get easier and more routine they always remain scary as you just never know where this cancer journey is going to lead you.

After what seemed like the longest winter and one that was tough for us, I was torn on whether or not to hold the Cabral’s Crusaders fundraiser this year. I am tired……and just wasn’t sure if I was up for it. I also don’t want to keep “pushing” MY cause in people’s faces and I hope and believe that I am in this for the long haul and I don’t want people to get sick of doing these fundraisers and walks. BUT, many people have reached out to me to check when the date is, how they can help, ideas for this year etc. This lit my fire up again and plans for this years event have quickly started to come together. This year’s fundraiser will be held on Friday, April 27th at Metacomet Country Club. A DJ has been lined up and I expect another fun night filled with friends, family, dancing, drinks and lots of money raised for a really great cause!!! I hope that you will all join us again this year and if you would like to help out in any way or would like to donate a raffle item, please let me know.

From the examination room

Infusion time.


4 thoughts on “Maintenance

  1. Sarah says:

    You better keep “pushing” (which by no means is what you are doing but I’m going with it!) because you are an unbelievable inspiration to so many people and you have no idea how many lives you have touched over the past 2 years. Everyone wants to support YOU and find a cure for this horrible disease! Love you!

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