—I'm grateful for eyelashes and eyebrows. I'm grateful my bangs hang over my eyes. I never thought I'd say this, but I'm also grateful for arm hair and stomach hair and back hair. You never notice how important some things are until they're gone.
—I'm grateful I can breathe without chest pain. A month after my final chemo treatment, I lay in my bed and inhaled a great, long, marvelous breath and there was no pain! I breathed for several minutes, reveling in the complete comfort I felt. Breathing air. No tenderness. No restrictions. I was free!
(Bonus: I can wear normal bras again! The tightness of bras exacerbated my chest pain and since no bra in the market matched what I needed, I had to create a makeshift bra to wear during the chemo months.)
—I'm grateful I can run. And take long walks in the park. And go shopping without feeling like passing out (or vomiting).
|Mom and I went to Disneyland in February! Super fun!|
—I'm grateful I can carry a purse. (Although I've grown rather fond of the mini purse).
—I'm grateful I can chase and wrestle my nephews, and give them piggyback rides.
—I'm grateful that when I had to change insurance providers, I was able to continue with my regular oncologist's care.
—I'm grateful I finally, finally finished my MFA! Hurrah! Thank you to my kind and understanding professors—Hillary, Chip, and Amanda—for supporting me while writing my thesis. =)
—I'm grateful I survived a season of unemployment and eventually found a full-time job. (Update: A week after originally posting this, I received news that I was going to be laid off. Huh. Onward to new opportunities!)
|Mack and Me atop Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh|
|We hiked from Arthur's Seat (left arrow) to Edinburgh Castle (right arrow) and obviously to the Ferris wheel.|
|July 31, 2014|
Chemo Costume #6
|July 31, 2015|
Enjoying hot cocoa at The Elephant House,
where J.K. Rowling penned
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
|St. Paul's Cathedral|
—I'm grateful for past experiences, present blessings, and future adventures!
Thank you to everyone—family, friends, neighbors, kindred spirits—who has supported me. I wish you the best with your endeavors!