I'M BACK...DID YOU MISS ME?I've been gone for so long guys! I missed you all! But let's play catch up!
We left off a few days before my last chemo session. I thought I was cute sitting around the yard and watching the cat roll around:
SORT OF CANCER CUTIE OUTFIT?
|So I was rocking a one sleeved cream blouse with ruffles with a pair of long khaki shorts. I accented the look with gold jewelry and my beige colored shades.|
|I was rocking my baldie! That can is simply soda--not a beer. I know what you were thinking! It's me after all!|
THE NEIGHBORHOOD CAT ROLLS AROUND...
|On his back--full belly out|
|Roll to the side and yawn!|
|Roll to the other side and wag your tail. Midnight! Midnight!|
At least we call him Midnight. Who knows what his real name is. He comes and goes as he pleases, but we think he has a home, but he likes it here for some reason. We've recently started calling him Smoky. He killed a little rabbit and left it under my car. It was so disgusting. Mom had to shovel the carcass up and toss it in the woods because it was stinking. Then the crazy cat decided that it was a good idea to walk on top of my car and sit on the roof for a nap. There's a reason that I never liked cats! Lol!
THE LAST CHEMO SESSION!
LIVING WITH THE WILDLIFE OR LIVESTOCK?We had a visitor that decided to just come by to say hello...
|We were sitting on the porch and this cow showed up out of nowhere and just walked right up the road.|
|There it goes back to the woods and over the hill where it lives.|
It turned out that the cow came back again with 3 other friends while I was out of town and the owners ended up being the grandparents of a girl I went to school with. They came up the road looking for them one evening after I got back and she apparently started talking to my Mom about how she knew me and my brother. Her little brother was buds with my little brother. They live on the other side of the woods over the hill. I forget just how small of a world this can be.
HEADED TO ATLANTA!So I had been to see the Doc for my usual blood work and I was doing good. No more Doc until July. It's almost time for India's wedding and I'm not sure if I want to go or not. I contact Mel and see if she's going and she's already in Atlanta and encourages me to come down offering a spot in her hotel room. So I pack a bag and prepare to head out in the morning. I drive down to Atlanta --a 9.5 hour ordeal! It was good though. I get there and Mel and every one is at the dinner rehearsal. So she calls the hotel and has them make a key for me.
I take a quick shower and head to JC's place since I'm already on the southside. He's leaving town the next morning because he's going to his father's for the weekend. It's his dad's b-day and father's day. So that was my time to catch up with him. His house was on the market and he had new hardwood floors and light blue walls. It looked really nice. He had even gotten an offer, but it wasn't enough. (I talked to him this weekend and he has a contract on the house. They're just waiting on the final appraisal! Him and Kevin are going to be looking for an apartment together! Yay for JC!)
So I head back to the hotel later and hang with Theresa, Mel and Caressa. I got to see Liam--Theresa's son! We stayed up late chatting and updating each other of course. We enjoyed the continental breakfast the next morning and got ready to head to "The Mansion" where the wedding is to be held later that evening. So I hung out too even though I wasn't in the wedding party. They all looked really beautiful.
MY TRIP CONTINUES...So after the wedding I head back to the hotel because my back is really hurting. Not long later the girls return and we have another night of chatting. After breakfast and check out in the morning, I went with Caressa and Theresa to go run a few errands.
After bidding them goodbye, I head to Senior frogs to meet Nekima. She can't stay long, but we catch up a little bit. She's got another car, she's still going strong with her boyfriend and I'm super excited for her! Yeah--she's going to his family reunion! That's pretty serious! Yay!
Once she leaves Holly arrives a little later and I spend the night at her place. She's been quiet busy since I've been gone, but she's doing good. Working, looking for a new place and just trying to stay out of trouble.
AND MY TRIP IS STILL GOING...I thank Holly for her hospitality! When I got up I headed 4 hours north to Charlotte, NC to see my brother and his family. I love time with my niece. She kept me busy playing with her gazillion toys! The Minnie's were her favorite. Her b-day is coming August 6th! She's gonna be three--Man time flies!
|Tegan is playing in the tent!|
BACK TO WVI had a great trip, but I got back home and started looking for a job. I had two interviews and got both jobs. Customer service at Teletech hired me on the spot but training didn't start until July 15th. So that gave me plenty of time to go to my next dr's appointment and do a second interview for a job with ManPower as a staffing specialist.
Prior to heading to Atlanta I also made a new friend online. He's Italian, from Pittsburgh and he's 45. So we went to Meadows casino and played slot machines and had dinner. He was really sweet. Nice guy and we've been attempting to hang out again, but circumstances keep getting in the way. He was sick for a little while and we had finally set another time to meet up, but he ended up having to help a friend move. Then we were going to hang the following wknd, but I had a mishap with my phone and I had to go get a new one making me like an hour and a half late, so we decided that we would get together the following Monday--his schedule is flexible. Or so it seemed--he had to work out of town Monday thru Wednesday. So we weren't able to hang again, but the plan is to see each other again soon.
ManPower ended up calling me back the Friday before I was supposed to start the job with Teletech. I accepted because they were paying $4 an hour more and it just seemed more interesting than customer service. But I wasn't supposed to start until today actually--July 25! Our trainer was on vacation last week and needed to spend some time at her office in Huntington before coming to the Morgantown office this week. She pushed the start date back to Friday--tomorrow. So in the morning I will be back to the workforce! Special thanks to Julie Cooper for giving me such a great reference to help me get the job.
I have also started working out for the past month. I've only lost 3 or 4 lbs so far, but I walk 2X everyday and count my calories. I also do workouts I find on Youtube and then I use www.myfitnesspal.com to track everything. I just put the app on my phone.
What else? I heard from the ex--He's doing really well with his business and finally living the life that he dreamed of. He sent me a Youtube video of a radio interview he participated in. It's short, but poignant. He says something at the end that I think everyone can learn from. Take a quick listen:
I'm happy for him ultimately because if I carry any resentment or ill will for someone that was so important to me, then I wouldn't be genuine in how I claimed to feel about him and it would make it harder for me to find my own happiness! So Congratulations Lou! You're finally getting everything that you want! And I hope that we all get exactly what we dream of!
VERY IMPORTANT PLEASE READ!!!!
I RUINED MY PHONE AND I LOST ALL MY PHONE NUMBERS(THE DARN THING WON'T TURN BACK ON!)
SO I NEED YOUR PHONE NUMBERS AGAIN!
MY NUMBER IS THE SAME, SO JUST TEXT OR CALL. OR SEND IT IN AN EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
SO I GUESS THIS IS THE END?I'm done with chemo and radiation. I just started tamoxifen yesterday and I'm okay with that so far. I will have to visit with my Dr once a month and in a few months he wants to do another scan. I'm getting back to a normal life again. I've got a job. I'm starting to date. I'm working out. I'm happy. I'm ready to just live my life to the fullest! I hope that's what you're doing. Live to the fullest. Everyday isn't guaranteed so take a chance and do the things that you want! Don't keep postponing your dreams! You deserve more! Until we meet again guys!
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
CANCER CUTIETina Bina