Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! Thank you so much for all of your prayers for a smooth Round #4 of chemo - I know they were all answered because I have been feeling great! It is so crazy how you never know how your body will respond to each round, but I know this much for sure - I kicked Round #4's booty! On top of that, it was my last dose of Adriamycin & Cytoxan, which means the hardest part of chemo is over! Thank God! Although my hemoglobin continues to be low, Dr. F. is pretty pleased with how I have been doing, so we will continue full steam ahead! I have this week off, and then I will begin a new chemo drug, which I will receive every week for 12 straight weeks until September 1. Time is flying and I couldn't be happier to already have these past four rounds behind me!
Last Friday, Mike and I headed up to Petoskey to celebrate Lindsay and Justin's wedding. I would be lying if I said that we weren't a little nervous about being away from home the day after I had chemo. Normally, the weekend following chemo is the toughest for me and I usually don't feel too hot. Well, I don't know if it was the fresh northern Michigan air, the gorgeous sunsets, the Lake Michigan view, or being surrounded by good friends....but I felt the best I have felt in a very long time!
After arriving to the historic Perry Hotel, we wandered around adorable downtown Petoskey, relaxed on a bench by the water, and then went out to a nice dinner. It felt so nice to have a "normal" night out with Mike and enjoy every minute of it without worrying about how I felt.
The beautiful Perry Hotel...
After Saturday morning breakfast with friends, I literally laid in bed the entire day until I had to get ready for the wedding. I was hoping that if I forced myself to rest, no matter how good I felt, that I would be in even better shape to enjoy the wedding. Well, it worked out great because I felt amazing the rest of the day. I thought that I would be able to enjoy the ceremony and maybe dinner, but that I would have to get back to my room pretty early that night. I am so happy to say that I made it through the entire night - all while feeling great! I was able to watch my beautiful friend walk down the aisle as she married her best friend, and then celebrate with her all night until the party stopped. I was so excited (and shocked) that I felt so good, and I am so happy I was able to be there to witness their gorgeous wedding. Somehow, I even had enough energy to hit up the dance floor, although I will admit that there is no way I could keep up with Cocoa ;) Dancing with the girls was a blast and I am so grateful that my body allowed me to have those moments and feel like myself again.
Here are a few shots I captured while we enjoyed our little getaway - it always feels good to get out the nice camera...
And of course, some pics of the gorgeous bride & groom...
A wonderful night celebrating with friends....
All 11 of us piled into the photobooth...love you ladies!
We truly couldn't have asked for a better weekend up north, and I can't thank you enough for all of your prayers! I feel beyond blessed that I was given the chance to have such a fabulous weekend and to feel so well from start to finish! However, we are still often reminded of how precious life is and how there is so much to be grateful for. We found out on our way back home that Mike's Uncle Johnny lost his courageous battle with cancer on Sunday. Uncle Johnny was very brave during his final days and we are comforted by the fact that he will now have eternal peace and rest. It has been a pretty tough year for the Malley family, after already losing Grandma Malley in January. Please keep the entire Malley family in your thoughts and prayers.
Thanks again for the constant love, support and encouragement! It truly means the world to me!
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