Some of Crystal’s viewers asked that I write a post from a parent’s point of view. The following is what I wrote the night before her first chemo treatment and the day of. It is now two days later. Crystal is extremely tired and has lost her appetite, but is starting to feel a little better. Thank you for reading and for continuing to keep her in your thoughts!
The night before chemo:
Today is the eve of my daughter’s first chemo treatment. I’m glad to get it started, but I am so nervous about the side effects chemo has.
Crystal decided to go to Sloan Memorial Hospital, which is in NYC and has a wonderful reputation as a cancer hospital. I’m glad she decided to go there. I really liked the oncologist she was seeing in Virginia, but even he trained at Sloan! We had our consultation with her new doctor last week, which included more testing. Tomorrow she has even more tests, and will end the day with her first chemo treatment. I can’t even imagine how she must be feeling. Her whole life has already changed and it will be changing even more starting tomorrow. I can only hope she’s one of the people that isn’t badly affected by the drugs she will be taking. I know so many people have been supporting her and I hope you will continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers tomorrow.
As a mother, I am so worried about tomorrow. I hate the thought of knowing poison will be running through my little girl’s veins, but I know it has to be done. We thought about natural treatments, but I don’t personally know anyone who has been cured this way, and we don’t know enough about how to do it to take the chance. It breaks my heart to know how tough she is going to have to be and there is nothing I can do to help her. All I can do is give her my support and love.
Thank you for being so supportive to my daughter. I know she has said thank you, but I see how much she appreciates your cards and comments. It has helped her to be and stay strong.
To those of you fighting a battle for your health – I hope you find relief and peace from your disease! And for those of you who are healthy, I hope you never have to know the pain and stress of disease.
So today started off pretty well and Crystal was in good spirits. We were doing some silly videos, walking through the city, and we even stopped by our favorite smoothie place, The Juice Press! We arrived at the hospital and all went well – even the chemo session was relaxed and didn’t seem too bad. It was still hard to watch four different, very dangerous drugs go into her system. We left and went to eat because she was starving. It was at this point Crystal became extremely exhausted and the walk back to the bus was tough for her. It was really hot by that point and the further she walked, the harder it seemed to be for her. I offered repeatedly to take a cab, but she toughed it out. Luckily, the trip back home was quick and uneventful. She was able to rest a bit on the way and went right to bed when we got home. Hopefully being tired is the worst effect she gets from the treatments. I know she will be filling you in on a future blog, but until then I wanted to share this quick update. Again, thank you all for your well wishes and support for my daughter.