The Anchor πŸ’—βš“οΈπŸ’— – Edition 13

wedding pic

June 2, 2017

Dear Friends and Family,

Things are going well considering I haven’t had treatment since May 19th.Β  My husband and I celebrated his birthday early by attending a U2 concert (his actual birthday is on May 26th).Β  I went out of town to Austin this weekend for a wedding, so I did not have treatment.Β  My husband has known the groom since he was 3 and their parents are really good friends.Β  The wedding was beautiful and my sister-in-law and I danced a lot, I am curious as to how many calories we burned.Β  πŸ˜‰Β  It was nice to have a “normal” weekend without treatment. Β 

I went back to work on May 29th.Β  That particular morning, I noticed a significant amount of hair falling out in the shower, more than I have ever noticed.Β  I have been “waiting” for my hair to start falling out, but when it started to fall out, I didn’t feel that I was “ready”.Β  I cleaned it up and continued to get ready that morning.Β  I arrived to work with a smile on my face and was ready to start the day.Β  I enjoyed seeing the students and my SCE family.Β  I was busy “catching up” most of the day.Β  When I came home that day, I fell asleep on the recliner at an early hour and my husband woke me up to “go to bed”.Β 

May 30th, was 5th grade graduation.Β  I had a very small speaking part announcing student’s names for perfect attendance.Β  In my mind, I was worried about people noticing that my hair had started to fall out, but I figured that the parents were not paying attention to me, they were paying attention to the students.Β  πŸ™‚Β  I went to Artemis Hair Studio after work to have the stylist, Kitsa, look at my wig because the coloring looked a little off compared to my natural hair.Β  Kitsa refers to the wig as a “garment” because it is a part of you.Β  (I will be dedicating a future post about my “garment” experience.)Β  I became teary eyed sitting at the salon and was comforted by my mom and Kitsa that everything would be OK.Β  I am not wearing the “garment” yet and have an appointment next week for a fitting.Β  After speaking with Kitsa, I felt that I was not “ready” to wear the “garment” quite yet and that my natural hair still looks decent even though it is falling out strand by strand…. Β 

doughnut day (1)

My Chemo Anchor this week is A.S.! She is a dear friend and spent the entire day with me at MDA! Β In college we were in the same sorority and lived together our senior year. I have had the same nurse for three treatment sessions and when she saw A.S., she asked if we were sisters. Β We just laughed and I thought, sisters bonded by friendship and πŸ’—. Β We celebrated my 4th chemo treatment by eating a doughnut onΒ  National Doughnut Day!

Β Anchored in HOPE,

JW

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12 thoughts on “The Anchor πŸ’—βš“οΈπŸ’— – Edition 13”

  1. You are SO brave…get yourself some pretty scarfs, once you get used to your beautiful bald head, you’ll want to wear scarfs as they are so easy…and with a great pair of sunglasses you’ll look super cool!

    Praying for you everyday!

    Xoxo Kristen

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    1. Kristen, thank you for your prayers! I know that it will take some time for me to get used to being bald and I have a feeling that time will be coming soon.

      Scarfs and sunglasses sound quite fashionable. I have purchased a few Boho Bandeaus that will feel very soft on my head. I am planning on writing a post about the Boho Bandeus once I start wearing them.

      Losing hair is really an insignificant problem, when other have lost so much more….

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  2. You are amazing! We love this blog, and how you keep everyone informed, especially those of us who don’t live near you. You look beautiful in the photo with Tom (so do you, Tom) and you will be just as beautiful without hair. We are so happy you were able to have an enjoyable weekend, and good for you being able to go back to work. We love you very much and we are keeping you and Tom in our prayers. Aunt Diana and Uncle Jim (Baltimore)

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    1. Thank you for the Baltimore love, Aunt Diana and Uncle Jim! I am glad that you enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoy writing it. Thank you for the kind comments and prayers. Miss you!

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  3. You and Tom are a wonderful example of unconditional love. It was great seeing you having fun/dancing last Friday night…I love your blog…it helps me pray for your emotions and your health. God bless you and your family!

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    1. Thank you, JoAnn! Tom and I had a great time at the wedding celebrating Richie and Stacy becoming husband and wife! Oliver did a great job too! Thank you for reading my blog, it is my therapy! πŸ™‚

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  4. You are amazing Jen and such an inspiration! You are beautiful with or without hair, scarf, or wig. Isn’t that fantastic that you’re already 1/4 of the way through? Good for you. I’m sure Creech was so happy to see you back. Keep up your sweet, inspiring spirit up. πŸ™πŸ» Nancy

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