This month is full of national days. Per nationaldaycalendar.com, November National Days include –
November 1: National Vinegar Day
November 3: National Men Make Dinner Day (Must Cook. No BBQ Allowed!)
November 6: National Nachos Day
November 11: Veterans Day
November 18: Mickey Mouse Birthday
And there are national days that are related to our upcoming national holiday Thanksgiving which falls on November 24; these days include –
November 25: Black Friday
November 26: Small Business Saturday
November 28: Cyber Monday
If you are interested in viewing all the days of November National Days, click this National Day Calendar link to take you to their website.
There are some interesting and some important November National Days. Thanksgiving has importance for me this year: I will write about this importance in upcoming posts. I do have another day that I consider important in November – that day is today, November 4.
You may remember 3 weeks ago, my 2nd week of my 3rd cycle of chemotherapy was cancelled due to my low white blood count. Last Friday, I met with my Oncologist Dr. D. prior to chemotherapy and it was decided the missed chemotherapy session would not be made up. So, last Friday was the 1st week of my 4th and final cycle.
Today’s November National Day is not important to me – instead it is a November Personal Day for me.
Today I am receiving my last treatment of chemotherapy.
I recognize the importance of this day, but also keep in mind this journey is not over. No, it is far from being over; there is much more to come to complete this journey, this chapter of my life. In the immediately upcoming weeks prior to Thanksgiving, there will be additional doctor’s appointments, more tests, and further diagnoses.
But wait – before all those upcoming activities, I sit today in my last treatment of chemotherapy and reflect. I reflect on these past 12 weeks, I reflect on cancer, I reflect on my life and I reflect on the upcoming holidays, I reflect on cancer and the significance it has on me. It is in me in my life for a reason – I believe everything happens for a reason. I may not know the reason for cancer in my life, but I feel I know how I can grow because of it. Cancer is significant to me right now in my life, and because this blog is about my life – there are more posts about cancer and this journey that will come.
But there are other posts also, so for today, I want to conclude this post with words I wrote in August when I started chemotherapy. In my post ‘those around me‘, I concluded with the following –
I sit, I wait, I watch, I ponder, I accept, I acknowledge and then I realize cancer does not discriminate.
There are black, white, young and old; a man wearing a dress shirt and tie, the stately woman and the tougher looking guy. Then there is the woman with the pink hair, the majestic woman needing a little extra help, the chatty lady next to me and the young man across from me.
Today I sit for hours taking in those around me. Today I sit for hours viewing those near to me. Today I sit for hours receiving chemotherapy amongst others; those around me.