Flash forward to June 13th for some happy news: my favorite person in the world asked me to marry him. We are planning a June 2012 wedding and I am beyond excited to become Mrs. Nylund! We went to Mayo for a second opinion and we found out that the one of the drugs that will be used for my chemotherapy has a substantial risk of permanently affecting my fertility. If you know me, you know that this news was even harder to swallow than the cancer diagnosis itself. We decided that the best option for us would be to undergo IVF treatment and have embryos frozen before chemotherapy. I was in Rochester for a good part of July for daily blood tests, ultrasounds, and self-injections of hormones. Not fun, but the procedure was very successful – we have 20 embryos waiting for us! We don’t plan on having twenty kids, so we will be able to donate the embryos to another couple when we have completed our family someday.
I started chemotherapy in Escanaba on Wednesday, and I’ll be done just before the holidays if everything goes according to schedule. Overall, I am doing really well. I have my days of course, but it’s just life. Moving forward is the only option you ever truly have, so that’s what I’m doing. I have to say, my friends and family have really blown my socks off. I knew I was surrounded by a lot of love, but I had no idea the lengths to which they would go, for me. “Thank you” doesn’t quite cut it, but I hope they all know how grateful I am. That’s the relatively short version of things – if you want the long version, or if you’d like to keep up with future updates, you can check out the Caring Bridge website my mom set up for me: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/hollynicholson
In between the surgeries and treatments and doctors appointments, I did manage to squeeze in a few awesome seniors! Everyone has been very understanding about rescheduling, and my calendar is booked solid for the next two months. If I have not answered your e-mail or returned your call, I apologize – it has just been crazy around here and I have been having trouble keeping up! I am going to try to work throughout my chemotherapy treatment, giving myself every other week off to recover from the side effects. I have very few spots left for senior photos in September/October – so if you have your heart set on HNP you can use the contact form to get in touch with me!