Ding Dong the Cancer’s Dead

IMG_7071 Today was a big day for our family.  My husband Bill, who has been undergoing cancer treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, got his last radiation treatment today.  At Fox Chase, when a patient finishes treatment, he or she gets to ring a bell signifying THE END, while staff members cheer along.  I love this. I’ve known people with cancer, but as with most things in life, without experiencing it up close and personal, I didn’t quite grasp the magnitude of treatment.  I think Dana Jennings of the New York Times says it best in his blog when he says that cancer is a war between doctors and the disease, and the body is the battleground (Dana’s chronicle of his cancer journey is riveting and well worth the read).  Bill endured more pain than I could imagine with hardly a complaint.  After going through surgery, two weeks of chemo and six weeks of radiation, he could not wait to ring that bell.

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Ring bell ring, loud and clear! My treatment is over and I’m outta here!

We’ve been away from home for most weeknights during those six weeks so we are thrilled to unpack our suitcases and not have to pack them up again Sunday night.  After a tough tax season (thanks IRS!) and an eight day break before Bill’s diagnosis, we’re happy to see the end of “cancer season” and get back to our regular, boring lives.  It was nice spending so much time with him- don’t think we’ve ever had this much time together- but maybe we’ll try this again sometime not in a hospital environment LOL.  I’m anxious to return to working in my office every day rather than taking the show on the road for half the week and operating out of a hotel room or in the waiting room of the hospital.  I can’t say enough good things about Fox Chase- the doctors, nurses, and staff were exceptionally caring and compassionate, and we knew Bill was in not just good hands, but the best.  I’ve learned many things during cancer season, not the least of which is that I have the most wonderful clients anyone could ask for.  Your prayers, words of encouragement, cards, and even a beautifully crocheted blanket for the infusion room, have been most appreciated and will not be forgotten.  I also want to thank Andra Baehr and Lisa Bell, who kept things running smoothly after a crash course in office operations.

It hasn’t been the easiest time in our lives, but I know that God doesn’t waste anything.  We’ve seen the fruits of that already, and I know there will be more to come.

Romans 8:28

 

Lisa and Andra- can you tell they're sisters?

Lisa and Andra- can you tell they’re sisters?

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6 Responses to Ding Dong the Cancer’s Dead

  1. anita July 19, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    erin,

    YEAH!!!
    i had this day on my calendar and said an extra prayer for you and Bill and lit a candle in my office all day for you! (well, actually yesterday i did that as i had the 18th in my calendar!)

    blessings abounding and may this all be a “happy” memory very soon!

    anita

    • Erin Baehr July 19, 2013 at 10:51 am #

      Thanks Anita- you are so sweet!! You had the day correct, it was the 18th. I forgot it was after midnight when I wrote and should have called it “yesterday” LOL. Thank you for your words of encouragement, prayers, and support through this time! We both appreciate it so much. Looking forward to getting together.

  2. Kristin H July 19, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

    Erin-
    Thank you for opening up and sharing this experience with all of us. You always hear the sad tales and it is refreshing and encouraging to hear the good ones!
    ~Kristin Harad

  3. Kathleen Oriti July 20, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    Erin and Bill-

    ‘Sending you wishes for continued health, love, and happiness, in your journey through life.

    -Kathleen Oriti

  4. Andra Baehr July 20, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    I love this. And I love you guys!! Xoxo

  5. JoAnn Twaskas September 10, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    How wonderful! I know this brought you two closer and God gave you the strength to endure. Sending my love and hugs to both of you! So glad it is over and things are getting back to ‘normal’ for you.

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