Alexandra reflects upon how she feels now that treatment for small bowel cancer is complete.
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Living After the End of Cancer Treatment It’s been about four months since my last treatment and how I feel now is just optimistic. You know, 2009 was a really rough year for me, going through all of the treatments, but I am so encouraged by 2010. You know, I feel rejuvenated and believe it or not, I recently had surgery, I had surgery in November and I have gone back to work and people will say, “Oh my god, you look amazing. Did you have a face-lift? Were you at the spa? I mean, what’s going on? You just look like a completely different person”, and it’s like, as you go through this, you just get stronger in your will to survive and I feel that’s where I am at and I just feel like there is nothing you can do or say to me that will defeat me or break me down or break my spirit or make me feel bad about myself because I have just beaten back a monster several times. So it’s like bring it on, you know, what else you got? Cancer, please, you know, you want to cut me off in traffic? Knock yourself out. You know, you want to have an attitude about whatever, you know, go on ahead because that doesn’t affect me anymore and I don’t feed into that negative energy, you know, how we used to do, us hurried moms and how I need to get my kid to soccer practice and I got to get homework and you are so stressed out, we don’t anymore. It’s very calming. You know, we get home and it’s like, I am completely focused on my life. Not on going to the doctor’s office or worried about chemotherapy – none of that. I am focused on my life and moving forward and it’s, I’m just, I’m just encouraged and excited. You know, it’s like, “What’s tomorrow going to bring? What’s going to happen in six months? I know it’s got to be something good, something positive.” So I am just over the top. There are not enough positive adjectives that I can’t think of at the top of my head, you know, that could describe how great I feel right now.