Starting from where I left off, my radiation treatments were over and there was only one thing left to do and that was CELEBRATE!! But How?
I finished my RADS on Wednesday, May 6th. So we were two months into the pandemic during the worst part of the outbreak in New York City at that point. So of course I couldn’t have an ACTUAL party, so I had to figure out how to have a very large zoom gathering with my closest friends and family.
When you have to plan your own radiation party, what’s a girl to do?
DECORATE of course!!
I had decided on that Tuesday the day before my last radiation that I was going to have a party, so there wasn’t a lot of time to plan. But thanks to Amazon I was able to get all my party favors delivered within a couple days so I could have my party on that Thursday! Of course I had to personalize all of the balloons to make it more festive! On my family group email my Uncle David named our group “Roll Tide Robin” so of course I had to put it on one of the balloons, because they stuck by me during all of my treatments.
I thought this was the perfect place to hang the balloons with all my beautiful cards from all my friends and family during treatment! Quite Appropriate👍😍
Through my entire experience on this journey, I’ve never had so much support! And for completing both chemo and radiation I got a couple more surprises in the mail. I had not drank any alcohol since before my treatment in October, so I was very excited to receive a bottle of pink champagne from my friend Patrice. And my fathers cousin Patricia sent me many beautiful flowers, I had several arrangements around the apartment. And to top it off I received a very heart warming card from Michelle and her gang in South Carolina. Thanks Ladies, that was so thoughtful, touching and it made everything feel so festive!
What to wear? What to wear? Hmmm? Well of course it had to be something for a breast cancer warrior, and once again my trusty Amazon helped me find a T-shirt to be delivered the next day and I wore my beautiful healing crystal necklace from Kristie, that just happened to be Pink!
And the sentiment of this T-shirt could not have been more true and right on the money. I only felt strong because I was in it together with all of the people including the health care workers and doctors who supported me throughout this very vulnerable moment in my life.
I wanted to make it fun, so I sent out this silly invitation through Facebook for my zoom party!
On Thursday I set up everything for the party and did my hair and make up as if I was actually going to an in person soiree. And as most of you warriors know after chemo and radiation a lot of times our eyelashes are not doing so well. I kept most of my eyelashes because I used my favorite product Lash Boost everyday,which was not cheap, but totally worth it! https://tinyurl.com/y3cqhbap
Regardless, I did have periods of time where my lashes were very short, and a little mangled. So I decided to try out my magnetic eyelashes and have a little fun! Ladies remember, even when we’re going through such major changes during and after treatment, just know there are always ways to feel better about our appearance and experiment with different products to build our confidence. We really DO have to fight like girls!💄💅💪💃
Everything was ready (including me) so LET THE PARTY BEGIN!!
My friend Kristie made this cool computer backdrop so people would see it coming into the zoom party! Love it! She even remembered to put in a unicorn to keep my running theme through the blog going! Yay!
So many of my friends got into the groove and theme of the party by wearing pink wigs, hats and funny glasses. And of course the bottles were poppin’ including mine for the first time in months! And I got a tell ya, it felt good going down! And honestly It didn’t take much to feel it after all those months. LOL 🥂😜
So many of my friends and family showed up and my girlfriend Marla had planned a very big surprise performance from the very talented artist and musician Alex Harris. Check him out: https://tinyurl.com/y32shbet
Thanks Marla, YOU ROCK!
Here is a clip:
After that lovely performance from Alex one of my best friends in the world, the multi talented vocalist and saxophonist Alan Darcy performed and dedicated a song to me, and had us all dancing!
He had everyone smiling, laughing and shakin’ it! Love you Alan!!! 😍💃🎷🎶
Check him out! https://www.facebook.com/AlanDarcyMusic
Please forgive the zoom interruption during the song. Zoom is a work in progress.😜 But get ready to dance! We did!💃🕺
There are not enough words that I can find to write in this blog that will explain how I felt that night. I was overwhelmed by how many of my oldest and dearest friends showed up, friends that recently came into my life, plus all my sweet family that showed up to support me to show me absolute love in that moment. And that moment is something I will never forget as long as I live. And after putting up this fight, I hope “as long as I live” is a very long time that I will keep getting to remember that moment.
Pandemic or no pandemic there is always a way to rise above whatever we’re going through and find a little hope through others. So, to quote my friend Dennis, “KEEP RISING!”🙏🏻 You have to believe in yourself and have faith in others to help lift you up when you are facing challenges in this life.
Keep your fists up!
Fight the good fight!
Never give up!
And always have faith in whatever or whoever you believe in! As for me, I raised my hands and prayed to God and asked for help and it kept me going (and still does).