And So it began

"ONCE UPON A TIME"....there came along this little lump...insignificant really when you compare it to the entire world of lumps. That is, right up to the point that it wasn't...insignificant I mean............... and so began my journey.

A NEWER SHADE OF I more then SURVIVE...I am learning to THRIVE...

OF COURSE... we all know things are bound to get a little crazy with a surprise around most every corner...not to mention an assortment of bumps and bruises along the way...but I am ever thankful for them all...they have all made me who I am. So buckle up, hold on tight and enjoy the ride thru what I lovingly refer to as LIFE

Friday, April 13, 2018

CAUGHT UP & CURRENT....I DID IT!!! (March 2018)

CAUGHT UP AND CURRENT....who would have thought?!!?!? 
- March 2018 - (part 2)

As you can imagine....I got home and stayed in bed for a quite a few days. When I started turning the corner and feeling a bit better you can imagine what this girl did....that's right!!!  Got myself back to the gym and into that wonderful swimming pool.  With the range of motion restrictions I have in both arms now I wasn't sure of a couple big hurdles.....don't laugh but I was really concerned with "could I remember how to swim & would I be able to back stroke with these damaged arms? So I planned to just get in the water and work my arms & try to stretch all the tight and damaged tissue.  But "Wonder of Wonders, Miracle of Miracles..." (thank you Motel the Tailor..."Fiddler on the Roof" people...please!!). Well...I fluttered around for about 20 minutes and then just went for it and swam a few laps.  Now I won't be breaking any land speed or aquatic records...4 full back stroke laps in 45 minutes...but the point is...      
🏊🏊🏊🏊🏊🏊🏊I DID IT!!!🏊🏊🏊🏊🏊🏊🏊
I went again a couple of times and got up to 6 laps in 12 stroke at a time.

My biggest problem since coming home this time is a mild head cold and that BLASTED cough which has completely side lined me and zapped any teeny weeny reserve of energy I had left.  I have been sleeping about 4-5hrs a night then another 3-4 during the day, which for me on a regular day is about 5 hrs more then usual.  The crazy times are the daytime naps...I can go from wide awake to BAM!!!  I am asleep in the chair, or wherever I can drop and shut my eyes cause when it hits me it HITS ME and I am DONE!!  The other day I had napped in my chair a good hour, staggered upstairs, grabbed the closest quilt and face planted on the mattress of my bed (sheets were washing) & slept another couple hours.  It boggles my mind.

Even...I know,  I need to get back in the game cause we are heading (yes...VoR is coming along this time) out on the final leg of the GRAND BABY TOUR first week in April then on to Las Vegas for a week, just the 2 of us...we SOOOOO NEED IT!!!!  It has been a long and stressful 10 months and now it's time for some fun adventures.  We found a beautiful condo WAY off the Strip so we can just relax, take in a show, go to the Temple and shop some schedules, deadlines or commitments.  I CAN'T WAIT!!!  As I sit here finishing this big "BACK STORY" set of posts...we actually leave on VaCa tomorrow morning so you can only imagine my HUGE "TO DO" LIST!!!

As I have relived these past few months I have looked back thru the "PROBABLY NOT THE SMARTEST THING I HAVE EVER DONE" glasses.  Should I have given more time between trips YES!  Getting on a plane full of "who knows what bug they are carrying" 7 weeks out of chemo treatment...NO!!  Would I do it again...IN A HEARTBEAT!!!  I had great visits with my 3 amazing adult children and my little herd of cutie pie grand babies. I always make a picture quote that really states how I feel at the beginning of each cancer journey.  Each has gotten me thru a lot of quiet personal battle moments.  I shared with you once my focus quote for this cancer battle, but I feel I need to again now that we made it thru another battle.

 I have learned to jump when the opportunity is don't know what might come along and stop you in your tracks & derail all your best played plans.  So nap when you need to,  go do what you want, modify your plan if you have to...just still do it, laugh when mood strikes you, cry when your heart is touched & both see & acknowledge the Lord in your life and in the world around you....miracles happen for them.

-Etta May- 

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