Thursday, November 5, 2015


We're calling it!

It's been a week (actually more now) since my last chemo, and the majority of the side effects are gone, so we decided to declare chemo officially over. I'll still hold off on the riskier foods for a couple weeks, and it will take a little time for my energy to return and the neuropathy to go away, but I feel so much better. So, that phase is over for realz. Huzzah!

Just when I think I can't love this man any more than I already do, he surprises me yet again. Remember the racing bibs he was making to mark the end of each cycle? He got me a finisher medal for the last one. On the back, it says, "Presented to Jennifer Walker for Chemotherapy Completion." When he gave it to me, I cried. I do that a lot, I'm afraid. I am such a sap.

The other night we went shopping at Ross, and in the changing room I noticed something in the mirror. Usually I don't get that close to mirrors because there's a counter or whatever in the way and, to be honest, I don't stare at myself in mirrors very often anyway. But in the little changing room, trying on clothes, it was right there and I was staring at it.

And I saw a hair. One white hair, about an inch long, sticking straight up from the top of my head. And while I've had short, soft, thin peach fuzz all along, I realized I had more and it was longer. I ran my hand over my head, and it felt fuzzier. I was not anticipating this so soon...I figured it would be at least a few weeks before I started to notice any growth. I think I'll take a picture every week to chart the progress and then post a slideshow when I have a decent amount of hair. It's probably hard to tell in these pics, but it's there. Michael concurs there is definitely more there, so I'm not crazy! OK, I might be crazy. But I'm not imagining it. :P

Bracelet with the charm for chemo #8, a running shoe.
I'll add one for surgery and one for radiation, then one for the cure!


  1. Yay! Happy your hair is coming back!

  2. Wow! That's fast! I would think it would take longer, too. But hey, the quicker things get back to "normal," the better.

  3. How encouraging about your hair coming back so quickly. Good for you finishing the chemo and coming through the treatment with such a positive attitude. I've been following your posts and am constantly amazed and inspired by your courage, honesty and spunk. Can't be easy. Thanks for allowing us the privilege of being part of your journey. All the best and I look forward to seeing your hair photos.