It is time for my last chemo post (I hope) and what better way to write about than my chemo graduation. Originally I wanted to throw some sort of a party, but thinking about in more detail, I just realised that I did not have the energy or strength to plan it. Nevertheless accomplishing this part of my journey should not go uncelebrated, so I decided to do it more low key by doing the things that I love doing best and enjoy doing most: once I was up, after a restful good night sleep, I gave my body a nice pampering session with body scrub, bath oil, body cream and hand lotion – I even washed my bald scalp to help it regenerate and enable my hair to maybe grow a tad better. Then I did something, which I had never done before – I put on a makeup on an absolutely random weekday trying to match it with the colours of my clothing and accessories. Tonight I am off to meet my friend Miss H. for a lovely dinner followed by a Rea Garvey concert. I am a huge Rea Garvey fan, his CD runs constantly either in my room or in my car, and I could not think of any better way to celebrate my chemo graduation than rocking it with his music at a live concert. As I said it does not sound like something major I am doing today, but it suits me just fine. The big party will come eventually, maybe once the whole treatment is over.
If I have time tomorrow and feel not too groggy, I might even go to town and treat myself to a lovely new charm for my bracelet to mark this step of my journey- I already have in mind what I want. The green turtle – for me it is the symbol of perseverance. When I was studying for my MA in Brighton, I found times really though as next to full time study and part time work I had no time for a social life (apart from the occasional drop in at my favourite coffee shop). However there was one place in Brighton, which I adored, which gave me time to breathe – the aquarium. In one of their tanks they had two sea turtles and there was an underwater tunnel where you could walk through. I think in the middle of this tunnel there was a bench, and I loved sitting there, gazing up through the windows watching the turtles go by. It was so peaceful and quiet, and it helped me relax. It was kind of like the turtles were telling me “Keep calm and carry on” – and I did. As there are some uncertain times lying ahead of me – this turtle charm would be the perfect addition to my bracelet – reminding me of what I have achieved and how much more I can achieve as long as I stay composed and focused.
Proof of the celebratory drink (non-alcoholic!!!) of the night – a Virgin Mojito