Chemo is DONE. Now what?

The days  leading up to my last chemo session were tough for me. I should’ve been thrilled that I’d be walking into my chemo room for the very last time. I should’ve been so relieved. I should’ve felt on top of the world. At least that’s what everyone kept telling me.

I actually think the last treatment was one of the hardest ones. I tried to be happy about it, but honestly who’s ever happy about going to chemo? On top of that, I know that I still have to wait for my PET scan results before I can officially say I’m done. That final scan has been on my mind a lot lately and I’ve been so nervous/stressed about it. I’ve had nightmares that the results didn’t come back clean and it’s terrifying to even think about. Today, for the very first time, I woke up with a strong feeling that I’ll be ok, but last week  I felt a lot less confident.

So what’s next?

My PET scan will be on Dec. 20th and WHEN (not if) all goes well, I’ll have a follow-up visit with my oncologist after that. I’m also hoping to get my port removed before I head back to Virginia, but we can’t schedule that until we get the scan results back. I’m a little worried that the holidays will make it difficult to schedule, but I’m determined to start the new year off completely free from anything that has to do with cancer, including getting rid of this medi-port.

What about my blog?

A lot of people have asked if I plan to continue updating the blog and the answer is YES! There are so many things that I want to write about still that I just didn’t have the energy for over the past 6-7 months. I also get asked a lot of the same questions on a regular basis so I want to address some of those publicly as well. For example, what’s an appropriate gift to get someone who has cancer, or what should I expect for my first chemo visit, or how do I pick out a wig for the first time? I’ve said this from the beginning and it’s still true- I really want to do whatever I can to help other people who are going through a similar situation. If you have a question that you’d like me to write about or even answer privately, please leave a comment or send me a message and I will do my best to help!

For now, I’m just focussed on my upcoming scan. I will update everyone with the results as soon as I know them. Any positive thoughts or prayers you can send my way are very appreciated!

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50 thoughts on “Chemo is DONE. Now what?

  1. Was there a mention of radiation? Sometimes that is part of treatment. So great you’re done with chemo! Yaaaay! Celebrate Christmas 🎄

    1. Glad to see you’re going back to work,someone has to keep them in line! Keep on smiling, you light up the whole station!

  2. I’m glad you’re done with chemo and I’m hoping for excellent results on your scans. I have learned a lot about cancer treatment from your writings and appreciate the knowledge. We miss you on the news in Cheyenne.

  3. So happy for you Crystal. I pray that everything will be clean and that you will have kicked cancers butt once and for all. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and the Happiest New Year ever

  4. Leave it all up to God…Leave your stress and worry with him…YOU GOT THIS ! AND GOD HAS YOU! Keep fighting that good fight and keep that smile shinning! 😁😁😁💪💪💪

  5. Congratulations on the last Chemo! Looking forward, it’s time to start thinking about a Welcome back to Hampton Roads get together. Hopefully on a weekend at a place big enough for all your followers and coworkers. Can;t wait to thank you in person for your blog.

  6. I have the good feeling that you are cancer free. Many many many days and nights you have been in my prayers and thoughts. Let us keep up on the positive. Will be watching for your return to forecast our weather. It won’t be long now. Bless your heart. Bless your family for being there for you, I just love your Mom. You and the family have a Very Merry Christmas and I know it’s going to be a giant Hapoy New Year.

  7. I am so hoping that all goes well with your PET scan. I would be hanging from the ceiling!! The past is the past, the future is not ours to see, live in today, one day at a time. You have been a real trooper and fighter through of all of this. Know that your family, friends, and tv admirers are all very proud of you. We all support you in whatever happens.

  8. Why to go!! It is down hill from here and you are an inspirational young lady who helped many people in the last few months. May your holidays be filled with cheer and good memories. Enjoy the family and the whole clan of followers are with you.

  9. Praying for you and the upcoming scan. Know that you are loved, and we, your fans, are so proud of you. Your courage is astounding.

  10. My prayers will be with you for a clean pet scan so that you will be done,done , done and that your port will be out and everything is going to be up from here on out.

  11. Reblogged this on gaillovesgod and commented:
    Let’s not forget to keep praying for Crystal! She has finished her chemo and is just waiting for a PET scan (which is not even until Dec.20), and the result from that scan. God can do anything!!Don’t forget to pray for her doctors, nurses, technicians, and everyone who has been a part of her care, as well as her family! Especially her family!
    God loves yo, Crystal! And so do we! <3

  12. Crystal,
    I want to tell you just how strong you are and how much I wish you all the best and that you get positive test results back. You writing this blog and sharing what you are going through has been nothing but awesome. I believe it would/has helped so many who are about to start the same journey you have gone through or those who are in the process of healing. It is so great to see a young person who is so willing to share and help others. God bless you and I hope to see you back reporting the weather and doing special reports soon. You have been missed.

  13. Dear Crystal,

    Praying for good results on the pet scan. Being positive really helps! I’m a 19 year survivor, being positive helped me and, I continue to stay that way. Have a wonderful holiday! Looking forward to your return on WVEC weather!. Evelyn

  14. So happy for you that the chemo is finally over. You are, have been and will be in my thoughts and prayers. As far as what’s next, get back to the weather, we miss you…. :O)

  15. Prayers continue Crystal! 🙏🏻 You should write a book, this would help so many face the challenge of cancer. You battled this fight with grace and dignity. God Bless you, Jo-Anne

  16. Crossing my fingers and praying for good news on your scan. I Don’t think I finally breathed easy until I was told I didn’t need to see my oncologist til next year.

  17. Hi Crystal, praise God that you have finished the chemo and I pray that you will get stronger with each passing day. Please visit if you haven’t done so already, as good health is an on going process and he has some very good advice. God bless.

  18. Prayers sent for Courage, Strength and Healing. Sharing your journey can/will help I’m sure many in their fight to beat the beast cancer. Warrior Strong!!

  19. Crystal, There is so much power in positive thinking. Do not let your monkey mind take over. You have literally thousands of people following you and praying for you!!!! I will be praying for that test on Thursday to come back clear and for you to find peace somehow between now and then. Clear out all negative thoughts and replace them with thoughts of everything you are ready to do again and Christmas!!!! We will all be happy to see you on the air again.

  20. So EXCITED to see the announcement on WVEC 13 News Now this morning that your scan came back cancer FREE!!! I’m praising God for you and can’t wait to see you back home on WVEC! Congratulations SURVIVOR!!!!

  21.  Merry Merry Christmas Crystal!I hope when you see my email you have a huge smile on your face! Not because of me (maybe a little lol) or that maybe I was hoping to be one of the first 150 folks in line to wish you a Merry Christmas, but because look where and how you felt a year ago. You fought and won a dam (sorry) great battle and your fan Robert is so happy and proud of you! I’m a blessed and proud Rectal Cancer Survivor so like others I get.I’m sorry I didn’t write before now but i was very close to it many times but after watching you and your Mom dance that was almost the kicker!! I still laugh thinking about it! I will write again if okay but pls remember I’m not the pro writer like you are! 


    Merry Christmas and Enjoy the Moment.CheersRob in Williamsburg

  22. Hi Crystal! I am so happy with your latest news! I also think your idea to pass on the Warrior Bags is a great idea. Can you please tell us what is in them? I would like to donate but would like to know more about them. Thank you so much!

    1. Lol no problem! The pictures are from the bags that I payed for myself. After setting up my donation page, I added a few more things to each bag so I should probably update my page soon with the new bags. I will do that soon! 🙂

  23. Crystal,

    I saw you on TV this morning so AWESOME to see you back. You are looking great. I am so happy things are moving in the positive direction for you. We are so glad to have you back keeping us informed. Thank you for allowing us to share your journey to recovery. You are an amazing person and I truly hope 2018 and beyond are great for you.

    Please stay safe

    Charles A. Poupard

    Cell: (757) 813-1000
    Home: (757) 872-7555


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