What a ride it has been. The six days of cycling was fabulous with breathtaking scenery and numerous unforgettable memories on the road and in the campgrounds. The last day riding with the doctors and friends was perfect. Truth be told I was a bit tired and looking forward to the finish, but the group support riding along with me was uplifting and fun. I loved getting to know my doctors and others involved with Marin Specialty Care in this way. Blue skies, not too hot….a brief stop in Tomales and another at Bovine Bakery in Point Reyes Station (a long with all of the other cyclists–it was a party).
The last climb up White’s Hill was great partly because I knew it was the last climb. One of the chemotherapy oncologists and a radiation oncologist were at the top cheering me on, and then when I rode down the other side my sister and friend Renee were on the other side with great signs and other flare.
As I rode into San Anselmo, I noticed a large gathering on the side of the road and it was for me! My sister’s family had arranged a welcoming party/bake sale. Thank you everyone who donated cookies and lemons (lemonade) for the event. They raised $380 for the Center for Integrative Health and Wellness. Thanks to all who came to welcome me after the ride–I wish I was able to say hello to everyone.
The last I heard we raised $5000 for the Center for Integrative Health and Wellness. I will find out about the Breast Health Project when I get home. WOW!!! Thanks so much for your generous donations. I was thinking about the money being raised as I was climbing those hills!
I received my first dose of chemotherapy medicine today at 11:30. It was a pleasant experience. I received Jin Shin Jyutsu for an hour which I am sure will help with side effects of nausea and fatigue. During the first hour a harpist played next to my reclining chair, I had a beautiful quilt on my lap made by the Mount Tam Quilters Guild, and nurse Herb brought in his homemade banana bread as he does every monday morning.
We are hitting the road in the Night-Night bus back to Arcata. More video and photos once we return. We are having technical difficulties.