Posted on: Jul 28, 2010 08:02AM
Okay all, my sister is about to have her last chemo session and I have been wracking my brain to come up with something nice to do for her. Do any of you have any suggestions of things that people did for you that you especially liked or perhaps ideas about what you wish people had done?
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Jul 28, 2010 11:28AM KerryMac wrote:
We had a cake that night too. It is nice to mark the occasion somehow.The nurses made a big fuss over me in the infusion room, which was lovely.
Bear in mind though that she may not want a big celebration, as she still has that round to get through, and I do know a lot of people didn't like the whole "it's over" type of celebration, as really it isn't over at all. So, I would certainly mark the occasion, but she may not feel much like celebrating, as the hard part is really just beginning.
Jul 28, 2010 04:09PM AmyIsStrong wrote:
I second what KerryMac said. I was SURE I would be elated to be finished and have NONE of the concerns about ending treatment that I had read/heard about. I had planned a big party for when I finished my year of Herceptin. But when the time came, I felt very differently. Didn't want to celebrate at all.
That being said, rather than focus on it being 'over', it might be better to focus on what a huge accomplishment she has made, and how strong she is and how proud you are. That's only slightly different than it being 'over' but I know that for me, that minor difference was huge.
You sound like a wonderful sister. You will know what to do. I think I would have liked a card with a personal message more than anything. I saved all my cards and rereading them gave me strength in difficult times.
Jul 28, 2010 04:23PM - edited Jul 28, 2010 04:25PM by halfchesty
My reply isn't really about what anybody did for me, but what I did for myself to mark the personal triumph. On my final round of chemo, the receptionist at the check-in counter noticed it was my last treatment and joked that I should be doing cartwheels. Four plus hours later, I finally finished the last of my T (following four rounds of AC and numerous delays because of ridiculously low white counts, stretching a 4-month dose dense regiment into a 6 month endurance feat). On the way out, instead of stopping to make another appointment, I kicked off my shoes and called for the receptionist's attention. I said, 'this is for you' and proceeded to do a row of cartwheels down the hallway. A few of the nurses watched, too, as the waiting room broke into applause. I put my shoes back on, and headed off to the pharmacy to have my final neupogen prescription filled. I was a little dizzy and queasy - but it was one of my proudest moments. I began the journey with a 'Thanks for the Mammaries Farewell Tour' and ended it with a true Cirque de Soliel salute. I'm not sure there was anything anyone could have done to make me feel better than knowing that I had finished treatment and done it my way. I'm sure your sister knows and appreciates everything you've done for her - an extra high five is probably enough. Or maybe a gift certificate for a spa treatment when she's feeling a bit better?
Jun 27, 2012 02:00PM - edited Jun 27, 2012 03:42PM by Moderators
We are having an "End-of-Chemo" Celebration for a friend. I have an invitation made up if anyone is interested. You can contact me by private message.
We are all going to wear pink & celebrate with her at a local restaurant.
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Jun 27, 2012 07:20PM pupfoster1 wrote:
I'd really check in with her before you go all out. I know myself and some other ladies who were actually afraid at the end of treatments. I had this weird fear that at least I knew the chemo was kicking the cancer's ass, and now what? I personally did NOT want to celebrate. I was happy the pain and suffering of the tx's were over, but for me pink ribbons, party hats, etc were not something I wanted to do. Check to see how she's feeling about a celebration first.
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