The wig shopping was successful! Mena and Sarah helped me pick out my new do. I now sport medium length brown hair with carmel highlights! Yes you heard right, I have highlights! I have not dyed my hair in years, so everyone is still getting used to it.
I met with my new oncologist Thursday. She seems great! She went over the next part of my treatment with Ivan and I. She's going to give me a week off before I start up again. I'm so happy about that. The next part of my treatment is called consolidation. I will be going in once a week for twelve weeks to receive treatment. Most times it will be out patient which means I get to go home, yet other times I will have to stay depending on my reaction to the chemo. The entire treatment is going to last about 2 years. My doctor told me that I would have to put my life on hold for the time being. I'm not worried though. God has a plan for me, and if it's to take time off of teaching I'm pretty sure he will find some other way for me to continue doing what I love:) I trust in his plan. I'm thinking he just wants to give Patty a break...let me do things I never had time to do before. I'm thinking painting, volunteer, school, exercise...
Friday came around. Ivan and I had a mini date out. We ran some errands, went to the mall, and stopped by his boss's house to say hi. I was pooped afterward so we went back to his mom's so I could rest up before the welcome home party. The time for the party came, I was so excited to see all of our friends and family. My parents BBQ ed carne asada, burgers and hot dogs. So many of our friends and family came out, it was sooo great!! I started feeling really tired around nine thirty and headed inside. Ivan felt it was best to go home since I managed to pass out in complete exhaustion on my mom's couch:) It was a great night. I felt so blessed to be home, it was just so unreal. It doesn't feel real at times. It feels like I'm dreaming, and I find telling myself often, "patty this isn't a dream, you are living!" I'm just so happy!
Saturday was an early day. My niece Joci picked Ivan and I to be her Godparents for her first communion. We parted for Sacramento around 8:30. The first communion was absolutely beautiful. It was the first time I had been inside a church since I was released:) Seeing my niece receive the beautiful sacrament brought me such great joy! After the celebration we went out for lunch. My entire family and I pigged out on pizza and pasta! Today has been amazing! Tomorrow will be another long day, I'm trying to do as much as I can before I start treatment again. We will be going to another first communion out in the bay area for Ivan's cousin. I'm excited to see all of his side of of the family (my family too:)). Tomorrow is also Mother's day! We are planning a dinner outing for my mom as well as Ivan's mom, can't wait!
Thank you all for your constant prayers!! I love you all a ton!
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