When I was in treatment for lymphoma, my immediate goal was to reach remission (my ultimate goal is cure - but I have to get through this "limbo" period of remission first). Although I didn't like chemo, I did like Taking Action. I just wanted the cancer cells Out. Of. My. Body. Mid-way through my treatment (so after 3 cycles of chemotherapy had been administered), I had a PET scan to monitor my progress and see how I was responding to the chemo. I was thrilled to find out that, after only 3 treatments (with 3 more yet to go. . .) I was already in remission! But -- my oncologist warned me "not to embroider the R" quite yet. (She didn't want me to decide the treatments had worked so well that I should just forgo my remaining treatments.) So after all six chemo cycles were complete, I had another PET scan --- and I got great news. Complete remission. No evidence of cancer cells in my body. Now it was official.
My sister embroidered the R for me!
My Mom and Dad gave me an R charm for my bracelet!
My husband took me out for dinner!
And me? I bought yarn!
It's good to give yourself a treat when you reach a major milestone!