I am sitting bedside with her now at the new hospital in southern Calgary as she recovers from her port-a-cath procedure. This is a little port that gets put in under her skin on her chest. I can best describe it as a USB port in which they plug in her chemo. That's my comparison. But you could also google it...
Last Wednesday was when she had her temporary port put into her arm. Then she had her blood work done , again. Then she received two units of blood. Thursday was her chemo. Friday and Saturday she was still hooked up to her take home chemo. And Saturday afternoon we went in and had the chemo removed. She might elaborate to you the pleasures of chemotherapy. Sunday and Monday were recovery days and today , like I said , back in the hospital. Rinse, repeat.
In between all of these appointments was running back and forth to the drug store for new drugs and to the grocery stores for new foods! Also trying to figure out when to take each drug is a task for sure. Thanks to Tina and Jaime for the help!
Shannon had been going so long with this issue that with all of the weight loss she has become quite weak. The chemo obviously doesn't help. But she is staying quite positive and smiling as much as she can!
There are a few of you, that are reading this blog, who don't know Shannon. I could easily describe her with the fool proof, over used description that 99.9% of guys use to describe their girl friends or wives. She is pretty, smart and funny. Although she is every bit of those things, she is so much more than that. She is stubborn, competitive, and opinionated. She has great drive and passion that really shows through playing hockey, softball, beach volleyball, dodgeball, or at her job. She loves her job. She is an elementary phys. ed. teacher who takes a great pride in her job, showing children that being active is an extremely important part of everyday life. She is very popular with her kids at school. She loves kids, but none more than her nieces and nephews back in Nova Scotia. Her family is amazing, and with her, they share an uncontested love.
She fits in perfectly with my circle of friends who have now long been her friends as well. She puts up with my passive aggressive comments and gets my sense of humour ( when she doesn't laugh she probably just doesn't get the joke) To me she is my perfect counterpart, the love of my life, and my best friend. I cannot wait to give her the life she deserves. Not this. And we will get there. She's told me. And I've been with her long enough to know that she is never wrong.
She also knows she is not fighting alone. She will never fight alone. Brenda and Jackie , her parents, just got out here. I thank you guys and appreciate the help! To all of those that have been helping, who want to help, and who are just thinking of her we also thank you.
Keep it up.