Friday, March 19, 2010

DONE! Wow!

This morning was my 33rd and final radiation treatment!

When I arrived for my final treatment this morning I was surprised by my great friend, Jessica, and her beautiful daughter, Juliette. They drove all the way up from the beach to support me on this important and special day. Jessica brought me a pink boa and a tiara to wear in celebration.
She also brought me a pretty butterfly balloon, a gorgeous flower plant, and a beautiful crystal to help me make rainbows every day (because on the night before my last chemo there was a rainstorm and a HUGE rainbow here in town which I took as my sign that God was speaking to me and telling me everything is going to be OK). There was also the most touching card which I read when I got home and it made me cry like a baby. Thank you, Jessica!
I think I might have to wear the boa and tiara everywhere I go today. :)
So it's official - all of my major cancer treatments are completed! Bilateral mastectomy - done (6/12/09). Chemo - done (7/14-12/15, 2009). Clear PET/CT scan - got it (2/1/10)! Radiation - done (2/3-3/19, 2010). Everything I do now is the icing on my treatment "cake" - finishing up reconstruction, get a hysterectomy, and get zometa to protect my bones. Life is amazing. God is my hero.
I have the most amazing caregivers, family, friends and blog followers too :). Thank you all so very much for cheering me on, cheering me up, praying for me, and everything else you've done for me through this incredible journey. It has been such a wild ride.
It's hard to believe that the big stuff is done but I'm thrilled that it is. It's exciting and scary too but I'm going to dwell on the exciting. I have big plans for paying forward all the love and support and wisdom that I've been blessed with. I hope you'll stay tuned in while I continue to take steps to protect my body and share my learnings and musings with everyone. In fact, I'm going to need your input on some of the exciting projects I'll be working on to help raise awareness and help others get through their breast cancer journeys. So, please, stick around and see what I'll be up to because you're an important part of this journey too.
Always remember to live, laugh, love, and continuously learn. Follow your dreams and your heart. Honor yourself and your loved ones. Recognize the divine source that makes it all possible and celebrate, celebrate, celebrate life.

12 comments:

  1. Many, many congratulations! I know what a hard road it is but you did it, with grace and optimism. And, love the boa - sounds like you have great support. :)

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  2. I'm thrilled for you. Can I take the opportunity to tell you what an inspiration you are to many, including me? I hope the rest of your journey goes smoothly :)

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  3. Hi Julie, I am so happy for you! Many people get a bit down after treatment is done, I hope this doesn't happen to you, you are so positive, but don't be alamred if it does. That passes too. Congratulations!!!!

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  4. Congratulations! I am so happy for you!! Love the pictures. Looks like you had a lot of love and support surrounding you for your final treatment. Love You! *BIG HUGS*

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  5. ~*~Congratulations, Julie~*~ This is such awesome news! I am absolutely thrilled for you! I always type in the words "Julie Olsen Kick Ass" to get to your blog, and darned if that isn't exactly what you did! WoooHooo! 8)

    Love,

    Carrie & Drake from the FC board at iV

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  6. Oh Julie, I am so happy for you! Thank you for sharing this serious time in your life. From your journey, many of us learn things in our own way--in our own lives. And YES, please keep writing and letting us know all that you are learning about this wonderful (I think) thing we call life. Love and hugs to you and Cooper!

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  7. WOOOT !! WOOOT!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!!! HELLS YEA!!!!! So so so so so so so happy for you and it's time to celebrate!!! HAVE A HUGE GLASS OF WATER WITH AMAZING GRASS :) LOVE YOU GIRL LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU AND YOUR SUCCESS!!!! CELEBRATE CELEBRATE CELEBRATE!!!!!! LOVE YOU AND LOVE LIFE!!!

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  8. Julie, it sounds like OKCA will continue ... to benefit others. Fantabulous! You so know the importance of the connections and others paying it forward. We'll all keep kicking cancer's ass as long as it exists.

    Congrats on another hugeass hurdle!

    xxoo

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  9. Love the tiara and pink boa! Congrats on these accomplishments! The smile on your face is priceless! Continue to feel well and I look forward to hearing about the final installments of this chapter in your life!!! xoxo

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  10. Congratulations Julie on your accomplishments! You have been an inspiration to me and so many others!

    Love the boa and tiara! You really have "kicked cancer's ass"!!

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  11. Just wanted to say - you are MY hero. I'm so incredibly proud of you! Your positivity, love and courage through all of this is breathtaking... thank you for being an inspiration!!!! LOVE YOU!

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  12. What a wonderful day, what a wonderful feeling. You worked so hard and long, and finally this day is here. Kathie S. reminded us on a MIL call that you were at the finish line and we were all so relieved to hear it. Just think you are getting stronger every day - in so many ways.
    Love and Miss you -
    Ceil

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