Now that my cancer is gone, unfortunately, the journey for me still isn't over. It won't be over for a long time, but that doesn't mean we cannot celebrate the news!
I was told before my treatment plan started that even if the cancer is gone early, I would have to complete all six total treatments. They do this because they always assume that there is some cancer that they cannot see or that could easily come back. They have also found in studies that only harm can come from stopping treatment early.
As of today, I have four down and only two more to go. It is exciting, but it is almost harder being tied up in the hospital for days at a time knowing that there isn't even any cancer left. Either way, I will be done with my treatments by mid-February.
After that, I will keep this "remission" status for the next five years. I will not be considered "cured" until five years after my last treatment date. I will be 26 years old.
I will continue to fight for a long time, but I have no doubt in my mind that I will eventually be able to say "I am cured."