I've known Nay for five years. We met in blog-land and she has been the kindest, sweetest, most loving friend in my life. She is always the biggest cheerleader, no matter who you are or what you are doing. She is raw and real, and one of the bravest people I know. Bravery is what is going to get her through this new journey.
Today Nay sent me a text and wanted me to tell all of you that she hasn't abandoned you. That she is "fighting the fight". The fight being AML, Acute Myeloid Leukemia. She wants you all to know that she started chemo a week ago today, and today is the last day of that seven day round. Nay says that treatment has had it's ups and downs, but her body has really been giving her a run for her money. She says that she has thrown up and been nauseous, running fevers (101-102) pretty much everyday, and that she's not eating much due to a swollen mouth. Jello and thin smoothies are what she's been enjoying these days.
Wednesday night Nay was transferred to City of Hope Hospital. City of Hope is a research hospital specializing in cancer. When I asked her how she felt about it, she said, "I feel awesome about it". She is now receiving specialized care and according to her text yesterday, they played Motown Hits for an hour yesterday. Her room opens up to the Nurse's station, and they play music for an hour a day to encourage the patients. Which is perfect since Nay loves music. Yesterday it was some Gladys Knight and the Pips. Nay will be at City of Hope until she is through her treatment with is roughly another thirty days or so.
Today, Nay cut her hair in preparation for losing it. This spoke volumes in Nay's ability to focus on what she can control, for now. She sent me a picture with the hashtag #chemohairdontcare. Classic Nay, still I cried, and I'm sure she did too.
Here is the last part of the text from Nay today. She is wearing her brave like a superhero cape. Still, she has words to encourage us all, to reassure us that she is okay. Thanks Nay.
"All in all though, I'm feeling well.
I'm learning to live this new phase of my life as best I can.
Yes, I still cry when I think about having cancer .
but I know this isn't my forever".
We hear you. We pray for you. We love you.
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