Sunday, January 11, 2009

Happy Birthday

Today is my birthday. I am 37 years old. My parents called and serenaded me with the traditional song. Then my mom said, "Pushing forty, eh?" I responded, "It's better then pushing daisies!" She agreed.

No please, stop racking your brain figuring out what great gift you can run out and buy me, I need nothing. You all have already given me such a gift, the best ever...true love and friendship. I can not thank you enough for all the meals, scrubbed toilets, childcare, little gifts, cards of love and support and of course the thousands of prayers that have been storming heaven in the past 6 months.

Dave and the children gave me a new under armour shirt and new pink running shoes. After lunch Dave had me try them on and suggested I get out for a walk. I decided to give it a try. I hadn't done any exercising in 5 months, so I was a little nervous. What do ya know, I survived the entire 10 minute walk with a little 30 second run at the end. I wasn't moving my normal brisk pace, but I was moving. I was moving!

When I stared running, I felt great joy on this my birthday. I felt like a fresh start, a new day, a new year, an open window. Now onto the next 37 years!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Last Chemo

So last Friday, I had my last (God-willing) chemo treatment. WOOOOPPPEEEE! My mom, kids, some friends greeted Dave and me in our front yard upon our return from treatment. Lily and Pete held the ends of a congratulations ribbon for me to run through. The R'ode to Joy is almost complete. Just one more scan in Feb, and CLEARLY that should be that.

I'm looking forward to starting to feel better after next week. Although I think my body will take a while to recover from all the chemo effects.

I have a long list of things I want to do once I feel better, from finally getting Sam's closet organized to writing a few books. Of course having energy to really enjoy my family is one of my primary goals. But I also want to make more of my time in the evening. I'm very interested in seeing how God directs me in my "second life."

Please keep the prayers coming, that the chemo did its job and during the 6 weeks without chemo no more cancer will return. You can also keep my friends who are ill in your prayers, Bernie, Peggy, Rod, Jennifer and Mary Lynn. Please pray for my cousin, Leslie and her family who lost their youngest daughter, Rose, this week. God bless you all, Teresa