Yes, the sun is shining again for me and the bumps in the road are in my rear view window. Yeah! After my 2 hospital stays, I am now feeling so much better (must have been those 2 blood transfusions) and can begin to feel like like my pre-diagnosis self again. I can breath better, have much better stamina, and have my energy back. I’m walking again (when it’s not pouring down rain) and I just feel really good. I’m still going through lots of tests (more CT scans, echocardiogram, complete physical, blood work) and have to still go for IV Fluids twice a week ... but these are in anticipation of my surgery to reverse the ileostomy which has been scheduled for June 27th. Oh that will be a happy day!
I’ve begun to work 3 days a week which I will keep up with until my surgery and after my surgery recovery, I should begin to ramp back up to full time. I’m thankful to the Hopkins team who has filled in for me. I know it’s been a lot.
I do cherish my time spent with friends which now has morphed from needing chemo buddies or meals delivered to just spending quality time with those I love! I’m thankful for the time I now have to spend with them.
“Transformation in the world happens when people are healed and start investing in other people.” Michael W. Smith, musician.
This quote really rings true to me. My desire now is to be there for others as others have been there for me. As I look back on my level of support to other people going through cancer or serious illnesses, I realize how I failed miserably in how I supported them. I may have sent a card or two ... maybe a gift ... maybe even made a meal, but didn’t really just sit with them and ask about their journeys and challenges and joys and triumphs or sorrows. It seems lately that the cancer word has been used too many times and been diagnosed to too many people in my friend circles. Is it my age that I’m just seeing it more? Perhaps, but all I know is that some of my friends, those who supported me in my journey, are now just beginning their journey through cancer. I only hope and pray that I can be half as helpful to them as they were to me.
So to all my readers, I again thank you for the support and encouragement that you have given me. I’m thrilled that I’m feeling so much better and I can’t emphasize enough how you all have contributed to holding me up through this. It hasn’t been easy and there have been dark days but hope was always there to pull me through. Life is beautiful!
Until the next update ...
..... Love, Julie