Thankful for the Chemo Bell

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Real Estate Agent with Falcon Property Solutions

CANCER SUCKS

I wouldn't wish cancer on anyone and I refuse to make a big deal out of it in my life. I don't have cancer, but for the past six months I've had chemo.

 

Every two weeks, four days the first week and then recovery time, I have been injected with poisons to kill some radical cells that were floating around my body after a massive tumor was removed. I refuse to let it get me down, but I have to admit there were weeks it kicked my ass. And the more the weeks progressed, the harder it kicked.

 

Quite appropriately, in the early morning hours of Wednesday, November 27, 2019, the day before Thanksgiving, I got to ring the chemo bell. All of my daughters were with me, a few of their friends, my grandkids, and the amazing staff at the Infusion Center at Memorial Hospital Central in Downtown Colorado Springs that have supported me throughout this journey were there to cheer me on. To me it was symbolic of the end of this season of my life.

 

It is my understanding that the next few weeks will be difficult as I readjust, as the toxins leave my body, and as my body is shocked into remembering what it was like without the poison. I've got thirty extra "steroid pounds" that I didn't have when I started, so getting rid of those will be a priority. 

 

I've had one of the busiest real estate years in my career, but I'm taking December off to regroup, refocus, realign what's important, and figure out what I want to do in the new year. In other words . . . GEL.

 

So thank you all for your unbelievable support. I'm thankful for all of the meals, the flowers, the cards, the house cleaning, the visits to just sit and talk. I'm thankful for the calls, the well wishes, the prayers, and the kind words and thoughts. 

 

The truth of the matter is, it's been a lonely journey. Although I had to do it myself, I couldn't have done it without the support of my friends and family who have been there for me. From the bottom of my heart . . . thank you. 

 

I'm ready to make 2020 my best year ever!

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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
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Mmi, what a joy to ring the chemo bell. I wish you a blessed and best for 2020. 

Nov 28, 2019 05:57 PM #15
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Debra Leisek
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Congratulations to you for ringing the bell and for being who you are! You have been through the ringer  and I am amazed at your fortitude and attititufe.... You are a role model to be admired and looked up to! God Bless you and keep you safe and sound

Nov 29, 2019 12:15 AM #16
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James Dray
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Morning Mimi.

I bet you were glad to right that bell.  Now, take a much deserved rest, we'll see you in 2020

Nov 29, 2019 01:56 AM #17
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Jay Markanich
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I have never heard of the chemo bell but very glad you got to ring it!

And hopefully that and the family helped make for a spectacular Thanksgiving!

Nov 29, 2019 03:05 AM #18
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Kat Palmiotti
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I am so glad to hear you rang that bell. Congratulations and I hope your Thanksgiving day was a full one. And I also hope your December is healing and peaceful.

Nov 29, 2019 06:12 AM #19
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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I thought about you yesterday Mimi, remembering you were finally done with your chemo treatments. I'm guessing Thanksgiving was filled with love, laughter, and gratitude.  Your post brought to tears to my eyes. You are a warrior goddess - much love and healing.  2020 is going to be very kind to you and your family - I just know it. 

Nov 29, 2019 07:24 AM #20
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
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I am so happy to hear that you are finished with chemo and it is wonderful that you have such a supportive family!  I have learned that support is what matters most when someone is going through something like that, they should not have to go through it alone.

Nov 29, 2019 07:56 AM #21
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Mike Frazier
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Mimi, congrats for finishing the chemo. I hope and pray for a cure to cancer in our lifetime.

Nov 29, 2019 01:23 PM #22
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Mimi,

Ringing that bell surrounded by the love of your family, friends, and supporters must have been the sweetest sound you ever heard. Congratulations on achieving the honors to hear that bell ring. The love you received throughout this journey is so special. May the next couple of weeks go by swiftly to heal and clean your body of all toxins. To ring that bell the day before Thanksgiving Day 2019 must have felt triumphant! I'm glad you have the support and the love of the Village that cares. Know that we here on ActiveRain rejoice with you and wish you good health. 

Nov 29, 2019 02:42 PM #23
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faye schubert
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So thankful that you beat cancer and rang that bell! What a joyous bell ringing that is!

Nov 30, 2019 07:03 AM #24
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Lottie Kendall
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Mimi, it's a wonderful feeling to be done with all the treatments, isn't it? Focusing on regaining strength and taking steps to boost the immune system is powerful. One thing I learned is how wonderful a nap is! 

Nov 30, 2019 07:20 AM #25
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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Congratulations, I rang the radiation bell earlier this year and know some of what you are feeling, although what you went through is much harder. I am taking time now to decide what next year is going to include. I wish you all the best, those next weeks take some time to get over, and glad you were warned it will take a little time, so go easy on yourself and enjoy your friends and family. 

Nov 30, 2019 07:31 AM #26
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Mike Cooper, GRI
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Congratulations, Mimi! I bet that was an emotional bell ringing with all you've been through. Let's trust that 2020 will be a healthier year for all of us. 

Nov 30, 2019 02:08 PM #27
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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Attitude is everything in ushering in good health and wellness and you have that covered....to a wonderful recovery !

Nov 30, 2019 11:40 PM #28
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Good evening Mimi Foster ,

I'm thrilled you were able to ring the chemo bell with your loved ones. You have this! I know 2020 will be a kick butt year for you!

Dec 01, 2019 05:41 PM #29
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Jana Holmstrup
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Heartwarming! Enjoy your chill time - and take care of You!

Dec 02, 2019 06:35 PM #30
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Kimo Jarrett
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We are Blessed everyday with a miracle, yet many don't realize the gift they have been given until they learn about the uncertainty of their daily miracle. I visited a friend in the hospital yesterday who is battling cancer, taking chemo and also battling sepsis by receiving loads of antibiotic drugs. He's been knocked down but not knocked out and his attitude of faith and determination will prevail, and like you, he too will ring the bell. Blessings to you for your tenacity because it takes more courage to fight to get up than it is to give up and be counted out. Wishing you all the best in your adventures of life. 

Dec 02, 2019 09:12 PM #31
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I am super late to the party Mimi Foster but I'm here with a grateful heart! I am so happy to see this post and wonderful picture, and to hear the strength in your voice. Enjoy your month off. Enjoy the holiday season. Enjoy your beautiful family! Everything else can wait. Love, and hugs, and all the very best wishes! 

Dec 03, 2019 10:09 AM #32
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
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Far too many people are diagnosed with cancer...what is it??  Chemicals in our food, our enviornment, DNA?  My husband has prostrate cancer, early detection, so he's getting ready to start some radiation treatments.  Mimi you have such a positive attitude and thanks for posting this blog, even more inspiring to others with cancer.

Dec 05, 2019 07:44 AM #33
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Popping by to wish you well. Hope you're feeling stronger day by day. D 

Dec 05, 2019 08:38 AM #34
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