It’s Official

Last One!

My 6th and final chemo treatment is officially over!  Yeah!  For some reason the side effects lingered a little bit longer this go around.  Not sure why, but happy to report they are gone.  I had a lab appointment this morning to wrap up this round of chemotherapy.  They took blood and measured my blood count levels.  As we expected, everything was just fine.  So the good news is I don’t have to go back to the Oncologist office for a couple of weeks.  That’s a big deal.

Earlier in the week, Ed and I had a 2nd plastic surgeon consultation.  We thought it went well.  We both find the whole process quite fascinating.  It’s a whole different world.  We are definitely learning a lot and with each consultation are getting closer to scheduling surgery.  We are targeting the week of September 5th.  I’ve been given a window by the breast surgeon of 4 – 7 weeks from the end of the last chemo treatment.  She wants to ensure I am fully recovered from chemo but wants to go in and get the tumor before it has a chance to start growing again.  Technically I could do it as early as the end of August.  But Gracie starts school August 31st and I would like to be available for her first week.  So, I am going to push it to the following week.  We have narrowed it down to two possible types of reconstruction, but are currently leaning toward one over the other.  Either way we go, there will be one overnight stay in the hospital; a rough few days; and a total recovery time of about 4 – 6 weeks.  No lifting for that period of time.  No driving for approximately 3 (plus) weeks.  Perfect for a stay-at-home mom with a 4 year old.  This is going to be fun!  We have one more consultation scheduled next week and then plan to make a decision and schedule surgery.  More details to come on surgery and reconstruction.

Now that chemo is over a couple of things come to my mind:  (1) Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!  It’s over.  I made it!  (2) My hair is going to start to grow back now.  How is it going to look?  Will it be straight like it was before?  Curly?  What the heck am I going to do if it comes in curly? Should be interesting.  (3)  I love sushi and while over the past several months I have enjoyed trying different veggie and cooked varieties, I can’t wait for some raw salmon and tuna.  Yum!

I still have a lot of work to do and I’m not cancer free yet.  But for now we celebrate the end of chemo!


  1. Mary Johnson says:

    Whoo-hooo!!!!!!! Definitely a celebration is indeed in order!!!! You made it through with such strength, grace, courage, and an amazing sense of humor! You continue to be an inspiration to me!!!! You are amazing Meredith Gaile!!!!

    Keeping the prayers going!

  2. Yay for you! So glad you can put this part behind you now….and I know you are too. Thanks for sharing your journey with all of us too!


  3. What a fantastic phrase – “end of chemo” – hip. hip hooray!!! You are so strong – I have no doubt you’ll get through the surgical phase with flying colors as well. You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers – hugs and kisses to all 3 of you!


  4. Hey Meredith,
    John and I had lunch last week and we talked about you- we’re both keeping up with you via your website.
    So glad to know your chemo is complete. You’re a fighter, Meredith!
    Can’t wait to see your new hair and to regroup for another season of Idol. it will be here before we know it!
    Thinking of you, Ed and Gracie.

  5. Hey meredith, congrats! Way to soldier through the tough times girl! You are one tough cookie. Hope all is smoother sailing from here on. We just got back from Montana and are preparing for the new school year starting . We would love to see you soon!

    melissa, sean and lydia!!!

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