Today is TGIFFFF- Thank God for Favour, Family & Friends Friday:
- Fab Family
I thank God for my family’s pillars of support through this journey.
On the week before my chemo, I had planned to shave my head alone and spend the rest of the day crying at home.
But Ben had another plan. He and Caleb stayed with my through the shave. I only teared for 1 minute because my little one next to me made me laugh. He pulled a chair next to me and drew an airplane which dripped pee from its plane toilets onto the heads of bad guys below. How do you cry amidst such absurdity?
Then my parents and brother’s family showed up unexpectedly to wait for me to finish my shave and wig-fitting.
So that was the end of my grand crying plan.
2. Kick-butt friends
On the morning of my 1st chemo and post-op treatment, I woke to whatsapp messages from several friends who remembered and told me they were praying for me.
My very dear friend Arlene sent me a whole series of booster messages throughout my 5-hour treatment. And this was from Australia where she is visiting family.
She tagged them as #watchemilybeatcancer.
My girlfriend Gail came over to watch Caleb all of this Monday afternoon as he was home sick in the week where my immunity is supposed to be at its lowest.
And she has re-arranged her schedule to do so every Monday. She has four kids and she is carving out time to watch mine. I’m so overwhelmed by her love and friendship. (Gail, thanks for being the bestest friend ever :)).
3. For my 1st cycle of chemo and anti-breast cancer drugs treatment, I had 4 drugs intravenously injected into my arm in slow drip over 5 hours:
Taxotere + Carboplatin (chemo drugs) + Herceptin + Pertuzumab (breast cancer drugs)
(Who on earth comes up with these unspellable names?)
Because I responded well, the nurse told me that I could have a light lunch one hour into the first drug.
So I ate a packet of chicken rice.
When my oncologist came round to see how I was faring, I told him that I just finished Herceptin (the 1st anti-HER-2 drug) and chicken rice.
His jaw dropped. In a good way.
4. Prior to this, I checked up with 4 breast cancer survivors and was told a loss of appetite and depleted energy are huge side effects of chemo, amongst a few others.
Thanks to everyone’s prayers and God’s medicine (3 doses of Bible a day), I’ve had very little side effects in week 1. I have also continued eating like a horse and been able to taste and enjoy my food.
And I was so energized creatively this week that I have started working on a new picture book manuscript for the first time since my diagnosis 7 weeks back. Which perked me up even more.
5. Yesterday was the Singapore Michelin Guide Launch and Awards Dinner. Ben had bought a table months back. We decided to invite the team of doctors who have attended to me as our appreciation for taking care of me beyond their call of duty. (On top of doctoring me, my poor doctors have to take questions from me about God, life and healing!)
I wasn’t sure if I would make it to dinner since I had just started chemotherapy.
So yesterday, on day 7 post-chemo, my Onco saw me for my blood count. My white blood cells count and immunity registered an all-time high from the preceding 5-days of booster jabs. So, it was two thumbs up for yesterday evening’s dinner. And then, Onco saw me at dinner a few hours later!
So, I got ready for my 1st outing in 7 weeks that didn’t involve seeing doctors.
Oh…that’s technically incorrect.
My outing did involve my doctors. We had a table of my oncologists, plastic surgeon, breast surgeon, and we invited my eye surgeon friend. So, all round, I was in very good hands all evening.
I’m so thankful for God’s Favour, Family and so many awesomely kick-butt Friends (including my amazing doctors) who are supporting me through this journey.
I continue to pray for completion and restoration through it all.
Psalm 69:30: I will praise the name of God with song and magnify Him with thanksgiving.