Yesterday was one of the most nerve-racking days of my life. And then, it was one of the happiest.
Living with the possibility that the leukemia had come back was terrifying and a thought i had trouble really wrapping my head around. I could barely sleep Monday night and literally felt nauseous all morning Tuesday until I met with my doctors. But then I met with them and the many, many prayers from myself, my family and friends were answered. “There are no signs of cancer cells in your bones or blood.” I was overcome with such elation and relief– like a 1,000 pound weight had just been lifted off my shoulders. It was incredible. It is incredible. You know when people say, “I felt like I had won the lottery”? Well, yesterday I won the best lottery you can win. So I am ecstatic and energetic to get this next round of chemo started. It seems funny to celebrate “no cancer cells being found” with more chemotherapy but that’s the way it goes (and will go) so I’m all about this chemo cocktail for the next few days in order to continue to rid my little body of this terrible disease. Officially in BEAST MODE.
(scratch that, I began beast mode last week during my bone marrow biopsy)
When I was checking into the Brigham yesterday, I literally couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. I was practically hopping down the hospital halls, I was in just SUCH a good mood. As we bounced on over to the admitting offices, carrying a suitcase, two bags, my pillow/blanket and of course, Uncle Fred, there was a family in front of us, also carrying such items and for a second, it reminded me of when you’re checking into a hotel for a vacation. It somehow seemed “normal” and exciting. So I decided then that for the next five days, I’m not locked up in a hospital but instead I’m staying at an all-inclusive resort with luxury of on-call staff. How wonderful! After pleading my case, I was able to get back on my old floor, 7D. Thank you Jesus!! Two miracles in one day? Lucky girl! I absolutely fell in love with those nurses, (aka my resort personal assistants), and I’ve missed seeing them so I’m thrilled to be back and chat with them all!
(pic from yesterday waiting for my bed to open up. Both feeling so happy and so relieved)
So around 5pm, after my room was pristinely cleaned and prepped, I checked into Resort 7D, room 76. Overall, super swaggy. The view is magnificent and should make for a great therapeutic writing area.
Plus, the bench in front of the window is roomy enough to be my make-shift yoga mat and allows me to feel the sun and soak up some Vitamin D— what every dream vacation is made of.
The TV is flat screen, SCORE. And it’s ingeniously connected to a remote hooked up to my bed which is how we get sound. Super tech savvy. Extra points!
The shower could have been constructed a bit more logically, rather than directly next to the toilet with no floor lip, causing massive chaos and flooding every time one goes to clean themselves. However, it gains additional points as the water pressure is legit and that’s obviously super important. Lastly, the flooding, although shocking, creates a sense of adventure so I score the bathroom a B.
The bed scores a B as well. The sheets are a bit paper-like but my own personal blanket, Fluffy and Uncle Fred add some softness and overall coziness. The score gets upgraded due to it’s super cool ability to move up and down the back and foot rest. Perfect for elevating my feet after a grueling day on the Brigham island.
The overall design of the room is quite unique and intriguing. Some of my personal favorite pieces are the goal chart white board, varying sizes of examination glove boxes, and by far the best piece…a biohazardous “sharps” depository. Art deco scores high at an A.
The staff here is top-notch, and basically my BFF’s. They are attentive, caring and most importantly, chatty! (or is it just me always chatting to them?? who knows. ) Plus, they rock bright colored, fashionable scrubs like you’ve never seen. They score an A++.
Most importantly, Fluffy and Uncle Fred are sincerely enjoying themselves.
This morning I enjoyed a glorious breakfast in bed: a delish bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios, fruit salad and a coffee. Relaxed in front of my bay window and enjoyed the view. In addition, went for a long walk all around the resort in my gray sweatpants and keds; riding the escalators up and down, using the revolving doors, and aggressively marching around to burn some cals. All-in-all coming close to being one of those power walkers at the mall. It was a proud moment.
Overall, day number one of vacation is going great. My own bed will feel great on Monday for sure, but the Slomerville view’s got nothin’ on Resort 7D’s.
12 thoughts on “Resort 7D”
Jessie keep up that super frame of mind. I use to call my chemo days, club med!! The key word today is use to!!
Club med!!!! Haha I LOVE that! Maybe that’s what I’ll call Dana Farber! 🙂
I am soo happy to hear the good news, I was thinking of you all weekend! And this post totally made my day, it was awesome!
Haha so happy to hear that! All in all, I had a great day! 🙂
My very precious Granddaughter, there are not words to express, how I feel tonight after reading your blog. You are outstanding! Mickey and I love you so much. Gram
Well I love YOU so much! And Mickey of course!
Great New Jessy Sending Hugs Ur Way Stay Strong!
Thanks Mary! 🙂
Great news Jessy. So happy for you. Will continue to pray for you. You certainly are a great inspiration.
I just found out your were blogging all of this. Such a great idea. well done. I will follow along.
Glad to hear about your recent tests. Awesome!
Oh I’m so glad you found it and are following along! Hope all is well Jeff! And eff cancer for sure!!!
I met to write sooner, don’t know what happened. So happy and thankful for your good news!!! Its all about taking the little things in life, holding them close to your heart and having your heart win out over your brain!!! Which in your case it does. Hoping that today is the day, you get to “leave this fabulous resort” and return to the comforts of home to continue to heal and become strong again. Thoughts and prayers always going in your direction. Love, Connie, Mark, Holly and Allison