There are lots of things that have the number 7 on them or attributes to them:
There are references to the number 7 in spiritual and scientific worlds too. For us the number 7 means one thing, we are on cycle 7 and that means ONE MORE TO GO! In fact 4 weeks today chemo will have finished.
There will be no “high fiving” or yeee haaa’ing, we will take a breath, look at each other and know this part is done, but a big piece done, completed, out of the way.
It’s a strange phenomenon that those families going through a cancer fight do not celebrate, leap around or generally get euphoric over these milestones, we move to the next one. So excuse is if we don’t raise to many glasses yet.
Cycle 7 is proving a fatigue inducing cycle, sleep and rest is taking over for a while, but we just have to work through this energy sapping, mood depriving period. Simons ability to try to fight his fatigue is something else but he now knows he needs to listen to his body.
The side effects of the chemo therapy accumulate as he works through the cycles, these chip away at his reserves and though he looks well he actually feels like shit! No he hasn’t lost his hair, thanks to the great weather his colour is good, but most of the day and night he is nauseous, fatigued, diarrhoea (not fun with a stoma) and he has splits in the skin on his hands and feet, all expected effects of the treatment but that doesn’t make this easy.
We are tired of this now, want to move on. We have in these weeks had some times that have made life worth while:
- 7 days of the week
- 7 colours in a rainbow
- 7 deadly sins
- 7 dwarfs (with Snow White)
Simons family visited for a day, fabulous weather, drives on the moors, beautiful weather
18 of my family for a BBQ, brilliant to have the house filled with noise and people
My nieces wedding, a fabulous family celebration, Simon missed the service but conserved his energy for the evening
Our families have been totally amazing, have provided support, food, gardening services, laughter and love.
So, 7 days of cycle 7 left, a 7 day break in treatment and we will be starting cycle 8. We can do this, we will crack this.