May 14, 2021

It was such a nice day out today—just warm enough and sunny. And it got even better when a friend stopped by and hung out on the deck with me for a while after work. We haven’t been able to chat for more than a few minutes at a time in months, so it was great to spend some extended time together. She also brought a gift which was super sweet on its own, but it also included this plaque. I’m thankful for a friend who gets me!

May 13, 2021

Ever have those days when nothing happens? That was today. Work was uneventful. We didn’t do much after work but take our typical walk around the block and make a quick trip to the store. This evening the tv shows were blah and I’ve not had enough energy for much else. But that’s ok. These are also good days that I’m thankful for. Typical life days.

May 12, 2021

One more down and only one to go!! Patrick didn’t get my shoes in this picture, so I’m taking it as a sign that we’re both getting tired of this. Next week will be a celebration.

My sister sent me this long wig. Isn’t it cool? My nurse said she didn’t recognize me at first until she saw Patrick. I don’t know if I looked it, but I felt young. Haha! At any rate, I’m just grateful today to be so close to the finish.

May 11, 2021

For whatever reason, my chemo effects seem to be lingering longer now. In fact, my face rash came back and spread to my forehead today. Just when I think I know what to expect, it changes on me. At least it’s not anything new, and it’s almost over! Since I was tired most of the weekend, I decided to take today off work while I felt ok and the weather was decent.

After a busy morning of bloodwork and doctor appointments and answering work texts and phone calls (so much for a day off!), Patrick and I went to an antique shop I’ve been wanting to go to for a while. Then we had lunch outside at one of our favorite restaurants. We’ve gotten carry out in the 6 months, but we haven’t sat and dined at a restaurant since last Fall. It felt GOOD! I even (with my doctor’s permission) had a small beer with lunch. It tasted GOOD! We were the only ones sitting outside, but it really was a big deal to be doing something that was previously so normal for us. I’m thankful for a little respite before tomorrow’s treatment and the effects to follow.

Cheers!

May 9, 2021

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms of all kinds out there! Since my kids weren’t around, I celebrated with the pups, meaning I went about my business all day and they followed me around or ignored me as they liked.

My lovely little mom behind me.

Today I’m extra thankful for my mom. She’s always there for me and especially so right now. She has been a champion for my recovery and has made sure I know I’m being thought of often. She’s always been supportive, but she’s also fun, creative, generous and loving. And she has a crazy sense of humor. I can’t wait for my hug.

May 8, 2021

Patrick and I got out of town for a while today. We kind of wandered some back roads and stopped by some stores. It was good to do something different even if it means tomorrow is all laundry and cleaning.

I also got my Mother’s Day gift from my kids. I’m not sure what it says about me that they send me bugs and skeletons, but it tells me that they know me well. Haha! I’m grateful for them, and I can’t wait to see them this summer.

May 7, 2021

I’m thankful that Patrick made me stick to our walking schedule tonight even though I’m extra tired today. It always feel better to get some movement in after a day at the desk. Plus it’s a bonus to see all the new blooming trees and plants throughout the neighborhood. I was excited to see my irises looking so nice this Spring and the peonies are coming in too!

May 6, 2021

The other day I stopped by a local gift shop. I was wearing a cap instead of a wig, and the woman ringing up my purchase asked if I purposely cut my hair as short as it appeared. I replied no, I was going through chemo.

It ended up that she had gone through breast cancer treatment four years ago. We talked chemo side effects; she experienced similar ones, including the fingernails starting to pull away from the nail beds. She said she ended up liking her hair short so well after it grew back that she’s kept it short ever since.

It’s a big club, those of us who have had breast cancer, and you never know when you’ll run into a member. For some reason, my interaction with this woman stuck with me this week. Our shared experiences helped normalize it, which is both helpful and kind of sad. Yet, I’m thankful for the reminders that many women have gone through this and are back to living normally again. I’ll be joining them soon.