I just looked at my last blog post and it’s obvious I’ve been lacking in commitment. I haven’t posted since July! And let me tell you, there’s been a ton of stuff going on! So here is quick list:
- Our daughter and her boyfriend of three years got engaged on July 31st.
- I finished chemo on August 18.
- A wedding venue, caterer, florist, photographer and a dress have all been chosen and at least partially paid for.
- I had a CT scan of my chest, abdomen and pelvis on September 14 and of course I was quite anxious about it. I got a phone call from my doctor’s office on September 15 saying that my scan was 100% clear! I burst into tears and started making phone calls.
- I saw my gyno/oncologist on September 25 and she said my scan was so completely clear there isn’t even anything on it for her to watch: no nodules, no thickenings, nothing at all! She declared me to be in remission! More happy phone calls were made!
- My husband took an early retirement buyout from his company and is enjoying some time off before he gets an IT consulting job for a year or so.
- My son turned 28 and my youngest grandson turned one. I celebrated a birthday last week and W and I went to Florida so that we could visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. That led to us spending a day at Disney World and a visit to our niece in South Miami and her family, where we had the most wonderful time.
So that’s the short version of a lot of what’s happened in the past three months. I’m well and happy. I try not to think about recurrence. I can’t do one damned thing to keep it from happening so I don’t want to think about it or worry about it. When it comes into my mind I do my best to push it away. I’m also trying to catch up on things I didn’t do this year because I didn’t feel well. My energy level is pretty good but I need a lot of sleep: about nine or ten hours a night. An eight hour night is too short. I do what I can and I sleep as much as I need to. I’m so grateful to be healthy again. That was my overwhelming feeling the day I found out my scan was clear: the deepest possible gratitude. I cried all that afternoon. I still tear up readily, get tired easily and have joint stiffness and pain that need to be figured out but I can manage it all. I promise to write more in the near future because there are still stories to be told.