“Believe You Can and You’re Halfway There.”

January 9, 2014
Treatment Day 8

Treatment Day 8

Today, January 9, 2014 – I am officially halfway through chemo treatment. I will have ten more days of treatment and it will wrap up around mid-February.  Total of twenty-one days of treatment, spread out over nine weeks.

Looking back, the beginning of this week was definitely stressful.
I was just getting back into the swing of things after the holidays. I was back at work and hanging out with friends – Knowing that I had to go back to the hospital and be strapped up to the pump machines for the next five days was going to suck.

My routine is still very intact! Get up, drink a protein shake, grab a bottle of water, get breakfast and head to the hospital for treatment. I am really lucky to have amazing nurses. Since I am one of the patients that are there longer than most, they have continued to let me have the spacious room. The nurses have definitely gone above and beyond for me. I too showed my appreciation; I was able to get holiday gifts for all of the nurses who have taken care of me.

This week, I’ve had a lot of friends reach out and come visit. I definitely love having visitors, especially during my chemo bags. The chemo bags make me feel out of it, giving me a “twilight zone” feeling. I don’t like the feeling, so having visitors around makes me energetic throughout the day. Monday was smooth – Since I was allowed to have the same room, I decided to bring in my PS4 so that I could watch a million different movies via Redbox, Netflix, etc. instead of the cable TV.  Anything to make the eight hours pass by quickly is always helpful.

Now onto the treatment side of things! Since the first week was relatively smooth despite a couple of “hiccups” I was hoping this week would be the same.  Monday was a good day. I definitely forgot how tired treatment made me. I was out of it and fatigued after chemo, so I took a long nap once I got home.

Treatment Day 9

Treatment Day 9

Day 2 was a lot better for I was fully rested.  My “on week” Tuesdays are longer than the other days because I get an extra bag of chemo. That day, I had some visitors scheduled to come by during my chemo bags on purpose so that it would force me to stay up and be energetic instead of tired and out of it. I was walking around a lot more while I received my treatments. I wanted to avoid having another “swollen face” I dread the thought of having it occur again, so I moved around as much as I could.  All in all, Tuesday was a success! I took a nap after treatment once I got home and I was able to attend the Charlotte Bobcats game with a friend later that night. I am trying to live a normal life and stay as active as possible because it definitely keeps my mind off of the fact that I have cancer. Since my immune system is low, I have to be extra cautious when out in public. I make sure I wash my hands, avoid touching my face and stay away from people that are coughing, sneezing, etc.  Also, due to the cold weather, I have to get used to wearing toboggans and hats to cover up my head.

Treatment Day 10

Treatment Day 10

Day 3 started off with a bang! As soon as I arrived at the hospital, I already had three friends waiting for me and then another one 30 minutes later! It was a bit overwhelming, but at the same time very awesome because they all brought gifts! Two of my friends that came to visit just got back from Europe (a trip I was actually supposed to be on). I got to hear all about the trip and other awesome stories. They even got me a shirt! The other two friends were from a soccer team I used to play on, they brought a bunch of junk food, healthy food and plenty in between!  Luckily, I am not a picky eater 🙂 !  They all stayed for an hour or two and it definitely brightened up my day. I was also able to get some work done, watch a movie and play a little bit of video games throughout the rest of treatment.  At the end of the day, I was able to get a little nap in before finalizing this post. Overall, it was another great day with nothing crazy, only had a little fatigue.

Later this week, I will post a video of some footage I have filmed. I made the video because I want to help give you guys a better insight on what I go through on a daily basis.

As always, the support is amazing and greatly appreciated! From receiving care packages in the mail, words of encouragement and all of the calls – All of it is awesome! If you want to visit or send me anything/words of encouragement, my contact info is on my “Support Me” tab.

  • Bruce Wise

    Thanks for doing this, Stephen. I’ve started following you, and look forward to your updates. I wasn’t able to be with my son when he went thru a similar experience. He won’t talk about it, so this has become a way for me to learn, and to understand more what his life was like at that time. Your experience and your willingness to share it will help people in ways you never thought of. Again, thank you. And stay positive. Your half way there!

    • Stephen Traversie

      Bruce, thanks for the support and glad I can help out in any way. Cheers!

  • Paula Bartlett

    Your strength is amazing Stephen! Half way there! Keeping you in my thoughts and sending you positive energy and love!!

    • Stephen Traversie

      Thanks for the ongoing support Paula! Hope all is well too!

  • Brenda B Parker

    Don’t know why this post brought me to tears. I admire your willingness to share the details of what you are going through with the world. I continue to start each morning with a prayer for you. I am confident God is using your journey for a purpose that benefits others and will also serve to grow you into the person He wants you to be. Continue to have faith. You are loved!

    • Stephen Traversie

      I got your card in the mail the other day and appreciate your support/prayers Aunt Brenda! Hope everyone is doing well too!

  • mike snedegar

    keep it up my man!!

    • Stephen Traversie

      Thanks man, appreciate the support! Hope all is well out in Vegas!

  • Lisa

    I love reading your posts. You are such an awesome example of inspiration! Upbeat, uplifting, encouraging for all. Your touching many lives by sharing your journey.

    • Stephen Traversie

      Thanks for the comment, glad I can be inspiration to people. I appreciate your support as well!

  • Samantha Kieber

    This is my first day reading all of your posts and I have to say your ambition is awe-inspiring. I can’t imagine what you are going through, but the attitude you have is one in a million. Makes me very grateful, and for that I thank you.

    • Stephen Traversie

      Thanks for reading and the comment/support!

  • Dawn Connor Knight

    Stephen, I have enjoyed reading all of your posts! I hope you are enjoying the Panthers game, but BE SAFE!!! You are a pleasure to take care of and I am so glad you chose to get a port, it makes our lives much easier as well 🙂 I’m proud of your strength and positive attitude during this trial in your life! Hopefully, I will see you at your next treatment at the uptown Levine Cancer Institute!

    • Stephen Traversie

      Thanks for the support and don’t worry, I was careful 🙂

  • Judith

    Dear Stephen, As an RN I have given chemo many times and met some incredibly courageous, special people. You are remarkable! Your positivity is to be admired and your web site will be such an inspiration to so many people. You have so many folks praying for you and now you have reached a milestone in your treatment. God bless you and know that soon you will be well. Judith

    • Stephen Traversie

      Thanks for the kind words and support!