Today is my one year anniversary! Can you believe it? My friend, Brad, wished me a "Happy Birthday" on the 5th. We kindda laughed, but we both had near misses last year, so it was a sweet moment of gratitude for our added years. Not many of us celebrate getting old, but I will from now on!
For those of you not so familiar with the story, KC took me to the emergency room the morning of the 5th, which started a day and night of tests and surveys; but the 7th is the day my diagnosis was made. In the morning I went back to the hospital to be sedated for my bone marrow biposy/core sample, returned home for a little nap, and then was called into Dr. Bott's office to hear the news. KC, my parents, and myself learned about the protocol I would be following, and I was told to check in to the hospital for my one-month stay of intensive chemo. Luckily, there was a delay in my room being ready, so I got to go home and play my piano a little and snuggle with KC on our bed before checking in to the hosptial. Can I just say... I am soooo glad I get to sleep on my own bed tonight!!! The little things... it's all about the little things.
To celebrate this momentus day, I slept most of the day yesterday, and most of the day today...on my bed. Boy, am I a party-girl, or what? I did go to the hospital with a care package, though, to thank all the staff for the TLC they delivered while saving my life. The cancer clinic will get theirs this week when I go in for my weekly visit. If I could send one to everyone who donated blood and platelets, I would be all over that. What an amazing thing, this science stuff. I'm still pretty humbled and awed by it all.
And as for the emotional cheering and service done by family and friends... I only hope I can be such a friend in return. Thank you. You make life worth living.
Well, to commemmorate this celebratory and miraculous and festivus day, I have penned, or tapped, my own top 10 of this last year, living with Luke 'n Mia.
10. Wearing my PJs for 2 months as a fashion trend- I highly recommend it.
9. I've heard a 4-month vacation from work can be rejuvenating... but I don't remember most of it. Does that mean I'm rejuvenated?
8. Reading the Twilight series while getting transfusions; if that doesn't mess with your head, I don't know what will.
7. My slight case of germaphobia was once mocked...not so much anymore. Though KC reminds me often I DO have an immune system again. Whatever.
6. Friends are your friends...not matter what. It's never too late to reconnect. Never.
5. Only an idiot would think they could survive without family. They are everything.
4. Some hats work better on a bald head.
3. I'm a much better listener when I have little energy and more pain meds.
2. Wheelchairs prevent sweating for the rider, but increase it in the pusher. Who would have thought?
1. The interest in my hair has me feeling like Robert Pattinson...but yes, it is nice to have it back. No, it was not curly before. Yes, it is darker. See the evidence:
Now, the analyst in me looks at this list and wants to keep changing it, so I've just got to leave it as is...I'm moving on.... now...
Okay, so another great quote 'o the day is this: "Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever..."-- Isak Dinesen.
First of all, you gotta love a woman using a pseudonym like Isak Dinesen. Secondly, this quote really speaks to me. I have usually been a person of 9 back-up plans for every plan; but lately I just don't have the energy for it. The beauty is that I've realized I really don't need all those back-up plans. Ah, so that's the simplicity they keep telling us about!
Well, I hope something here made you smile. I hope you have something to celebrate as well! Live is too short to wait for "the calendar's" days of celebration... add many more of your own!
To end tonight, I'll quote my dear childhood friend, Gidget. "Toodles!"