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Goodbye Chemoland!

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I’m all done with chemo.  I cannot believe it.  Done.  All done!  It feels awesome and surreal.  My last treatment was today and not only that, but I don’t need to have a Neulasta shot tomorrow!  Yippee! 

Here are pictures of me receiving my first chemo in June and my last chemo today.  Please excuse how I look.  I look terrible!



This is Kendra.  She’s my nurse that has been with me since the beginning.  She always gave me my chemo and usually my fluids (when I needed them), my Neulasta shots, answered all my silly questions and held my hand through this. 


Wow…what a summer it has been.  I was diagnosed Memorial Day weekend and finished just after Labor Day weekend.  My summer was literally doing and dealing with chemo.  Even though chemo was torture, I had some pretty good highlights too.  This summer I got to see Max and Samantha start crawling, say “dada”, start standing, start cruising and feeding themselves.  I got to see Brooklyn swim all by herself and take ballet class and develop into a sweet and caring little girl.  She is such a good big sister to them.



The other thing I learned this summer is that I have really great family and friends.  I mean, I always knew all of you were terrific, but you’ve gone above and beyond what I could ever imagine.    

Part of today’s appointment was meeting with Dr. VanderWoude.  I was relieved to hear she disagrees with needing to take my ovaries.  She explained that because my BRCA tests (genetic testing) came back negative that I am not at increased risk for ovarian cancer.  I have the same odds as everyone else.  So I’ve decided not to let them take them.  I am so glad about that. 

Thank you for the flowers that you sent me today (you know who you are), the cookies, cards and emails.  I could not have made it without your support.  All of your prayers have kept me moving forward.  At my deepest darkest moments (and believe me, I had many) it helped to know that I had people pulling and praying for me.   Each of you are a part of our lives for a reason and we feel blessed to have you.  God has been good to me.


The next step is to make it through the last effects of chemo which takes about two weeks with the worst of it being this weekend.  Then an MRI to see how much the tumor shrunk.  I meet with Dr. Hoberman next week about the mastectomy and hysterectomy which will happen in October.   We don’t have a date set for that yet. 

I’ve made it this far and I believe through the worst of it.  I know surgery will be tough and radiation isn’t fun, but chemo was really hard and I’m so glad it’s done. 

37 Responses to “Goodbye Chemoland!”

  1. Dad Ver Beek says:

    Dear Lindy….. I’m thankful to God that you made it through.I’m thankful for your strong faith. I’m thankful for the pictures you posted. You may have been weakened by cancer but you always fought through it. You are one of my heros !!! Love you so much… Dad

  2. kathy says:

    Praising God with you!

  3. Andrea Brink says:

    Congratulations! I will pray for you just as much in your next leg of the race, you can do it!

  4. Jenifer TenHarmsel says:

    Hey Lindy-

    Congrats again on making it this far- you and your smile are inspirational!!! I’m glad God has blessed me with such a wonderful friend!!! Keep on believeing! -Jen

  5. Wendie Freriks (Terpstra) says:

    You are BEAUTIFUL!!! I am so glad you are through this part of your journey. Your faith and strength have inspired me, and I am sure many others. May God bless you in your next step and I will be prying you through it!

  6. Lindsay Bazan says:

    Lindy! I got chills reading this blog entry – praise God you are done with chemo! Thank you for sharing your story so far in your blog – you are such an inspiration! Our prayers remain with you and your family!

  7. Amy Sluiter says:

    Wahoo!!! No Mo Chemo!! Praise God! You look beautiful, by the way. You’re an amazing woman, Lindy. Stay strong. We’ll be praying! Lots of love, the Sluiters

  8. Mary VerBeek says:

    Dear Aunt Lindy,
    I am soo happy that you made it through chemo! God had his arms wrapped around you during those trying times and he continues to walk by your side as you move through the rest. Your strong faith has moved me in many ways… You are a beautiful person inside and out! Love you!

  9. Jana Ver Beek says:

    OK….why is it I always cry when I read these postings? You are a strong and inspirational person, Lindy.
    I’m so thankful for your “people” who surround you with love and prayers.
    Praying thanks that the chemo is done and also praying you have a bearable weekend.
    See you Friday.
    Love, Jana

  10. Jennifer Nagelkerke says:

    Congratulations, Lindy! We think of you and pray for you each day.

  11. Maryann Rondeau says:

    Lindy – Congratulations on exiting Chemoland! I will be praying for all of you in this next step of the journey. Stay strong. I pray that you will continue to be lifted up with all of the prayers coming your way and that God’s grace will see you through this tough time.

  12. Tina Amaya says:

    Yeah! What a huge part of the journey to have completed. So glad that one step in the road is done. Continuing to pray for you all – for strength, healing and peace. Love ya all! The Amayas

  13. CARL M says:

    Way to go Lindy!! A big step is done, and I’m guessing you know what to expect, better than before, and these next steps won’t be as tough. You must have posted the wrong pictures, I didn’t see anything but a goergous woman.

  14. Christa Meeuwsen says:

    Way to go Lindy…..what an exciting day for you. I know you must be SO relieved. Just remember as you face the weekend ahead that you are DONE with that. Prayerfully, this will be the last weekend you have to feel the effects of chemo!! Yippee. For you to have such a smile on your face even after what you have been through speaks volumes about your faith and trust in our Lord. I am sincerely happy and thankful for you as well. I promise to make that alfredo dish again for you. After your surgery sound good??
    Stay strong…you are doing awesome!

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  16. Jamie DeRuiter says:

    Lindy… I am soo happy that you have made it up that big ugly mountain(cancer), now comes the easy part coming down… You guys are always in my prayers!!! God shows us everyday that he is wonderful!!! Take care 🙂

  17. Aunt Kathy says:

    Tears of shock, tears of anger, tears of sadness, tears of fear, tears of sisterly compassion and empathy, we’ve shared them all as frienda and family and now tears of joy for another part of your life you can say good bye to!
    Love and prayers always,
    Aunt Kathy

  18. Marianne (Rachel's mom) says:

    Lindy, when I grow up I want to be like you (never mind that I am already WAY older than you!) I mean in the strength and beauty of your spirit…..or should I say ‘Spirit’? It is so apparent that God’s Spirit lives in you. I hafta say, though, that there is also a secular, rock song that often comes to mind when I read your posts. It is the one that says: “I get knocked down, but I get up again, they’re never gonna keep me down!”
    Blessings to you,

  19. Patty says:

    I have tears in my eyes as I type! Yes, it has been quite a summer for you and your family! The pictures speak a thousand words of HOPE! Your radiance shines through, yes you are truly beautiful inside and out! I often wonder how people without faith, family and the support of a church can make it through that awful “C” word. Yes! You have accomplished incredible things! Keep the faith through this last fight of chemo!

  20. Kim says:

    Yeah!!!! So happy to hear you are through the chemo!!! You look beautiful, that pink “buff” looks great on you! I didn’t know that Brooke took dance with Ms. Rachel… Madisyn has been going to her for years and loves her:) Love your girls pj’s too… so fun!! We will pray for peace as you finish this journey ahead.

  21. Alisha says:

    Woooo Whoooo No Mo chemo! You made it! All the kids look like they are getting so big! I can’t wait to see you all in October. I miss having all our great talk’s during the day. Now I have barbie tea party’s and talk to teddy bears. lol:) P.S. I am a new Aunt now! My sister had little baby Braya last Thursday! she is a doll! I’m taking the lil one I nanny for over there to help out today. Tell the fam. I say “Hi” and I will see you all soon! love, Alisha

  22. Rebecca Reed-Lopez says:

    Still reading your posts and still praying nightly with Kamrin for you. You are now in the home stretch! Your positive attitude and faith are going to pull you through to the next chapter in your life! Your almost there, keep plugging away!

  23. Michelle says:

    Congrats on finishing the chemo. I praise God for the answered prayers in your life and for the wonderful support system you have at home. I too was diagnosed with breast cancer on June 4 and I have 3 young children at home. Your blog is an amazing testimony as I feel like I am walking through some of the same journey you are. If you are ever interested in meeting, talking, laughing, crying (etc) whatever the emotion of the day may be I would love to meet you.

  24. Kristin says:


    I know that we don’t know each other very well but I do know Dusty. I want you to know that I would check this blog daily and think of you multiple times through my day. I am in awe at your strength, courage, hope and humor through this whole process. What an amazing young woman you are and what an amazing role model you are to your 3 (BEAUTIFUL by the way) children. You are also in my prayers, constantly. It is amazing how someone I don’t really know has enriched my life and made me look at my life and family in a different light.

    I also want to add this. I have cried, laughed and learned many things over your entries. Even with your first post, I had this VERY strong feeling that you were going to beat this. I KNOW you are going to be cancer free and everything will be okay.

    We live in NC and if I lived closer, I would have brought you a few dinners. Please just know that you are getting prayers, thoughts and cheers from North Carolina and please know that I am getting inspiration from a wonderful, brave woman in Michigan!! Take care of yourself and hang on through this weekend.

    Make a note of this….the next time I write you, it will be a celebration…you are cancer free, the surgery is behind you and you are rolling around with your children on the floor. I can’t wait for that card….and it will be here before you know it.

    Kristin (Petersen) Meyer

  25. Holly says:

    Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation…oh my soul praise Him for He is thy health and salvation! All ye who hear, now to his temple draw near, joining in glad adoration!!! Alleluia!!!

    He is faithful yesterday, today, and tomorrow! HE will be here through the end of this journey!
    So happy for you…and we will continue to pray, as we know the battle isn’t done yet!

  26. barb baumann says:

    Lindy….you are beautiful:) My prayers for you continue.

    God Bless You
    God Keep You
    God smile on you
    as He gives you…His peace.

    In His Grip..barb

  27. Stacy Wiersma says:

    Cassidy has this prayer book, we read a prayer that made me think about you.

    In the early morn,
    make me thankful I was born.
    Give my spirit peace within.
    Let each day with hope begin.

    Thinking and praying for you often!!

  28. Liz TenCate says:

    Dear Lindy, Praise God, No more chemo! Now that you have made it thru this part of the Journey, we will continue to pray God gives you his peace to get thru the rest! Your amazing and beautiful!
    Lots of Love,
    The TenCates

  29. Alaida Weerstra says:

    Lindy, So happy for you as you have finished with Chemo. Your smile is as beautiful as your faith. I will continue to read your blog and keep up with the next leg of this race. I will keep you on my prayer list also. Just thanking God for you and with you today. Alaida

  30. Joy Koning says:

    Congrats Lindy! We are still praying for you daily…you look so beautiful! 🙂 and your kids are adorable!

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