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Good plans for the next few days!

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

I'm in the portion of my weekly chemo where my energy levels seem to be the highest for a few days and my husband and I have decided to take advantage of it. It looks like I've been able to kick my UTI to the curb for good and I'm feeling much better than I have for the past couple weeks.

Yesterday, I woke up feeling energetic. After working out on the elliptical for 15 minutes, I decided I had enough energy to do a lot more. So, we went to Knoxville, TN (an hour's drive away) and went shopping at Costco, went out for a nice lunch, and shopped at a wonderful healthfood store. Between Costco and the healthfood store, we were able to pick up all kinds of organic foods and specialty items that are impossible to find in our little town. It was fun being out and about. I felt pretty normal until right at the very end, but that was okay. I came home and immediately took a long nap. It was all good.

Today, we have ball room dance classes again. This will be our fourth lesson. We are terrible, but we have a lot of fun. I got about 10 hours sleep last night, so I feel good today and I'm looking forward to the class. I also plan on working out on the elliptical again this morning for at least 15 minutes.

The weather is beautiful here and I was treated to another gorgeous sunrise over the lake (like the one I posted pictures of in yesterday's blog) as I was having my green tea and journalling this morning. I'm thinking today is going to be a great day.

Tomorrow is my birthday. I'm scheduled to get chemo tomorrow in Nashville and also meet with my oncologist. I actually can't think of a better way to be spending my birthday than doing what needs to be done to help kill off all these cancer cells, so I'm happy to be getting chemo that day. We decided to make a special time of it and get a hotel room in Nashville that night. We made the reservations yesterday and made arrangements to have dinner with my brother and sister-in-law tomorrow night. I really like them a lot, so I'm looking forward to that.

This sister-in-law has been a huge help to me over the past few months. In the beginning when I was too scared to research my cancer on the internet, she did it for me. She spent hours finding things that were "safe" for me to read. I am so grateful to have her in my life right now. She has been so supportive on days when I have been down. She has very serious RA and knows what it's like to have to deal with a serious illness. I feel like she can understand me on a very deep level. No matter how I'm feeling, she has always been a safe person for me to talk to about what is going on with me.

Thursday morning, we plan on taking a ride on a special road called Natchez Trace Parkway that starts in Nashville and ends in southern Mississippi. We want to eventually do a bicycle tour of the entire parkway (it's a very popular route for bicyclists), so I'd like to take a look at it and see how hilly it is. We will probably only drive on it for an hour or so. The fall leaves are peaking in Nashville right now, so the drive should be particularly pretty. (In fact, our two hour drive to Nashville tomorrow and back home on Thursday should also be really pretty.) Part of my cancer recovery is to visualize being healthy and getting back to normal things. I thought going for a ride on the Trace Parkway would help me to visualize biking it sometime in the near future.

Sooo.....long story short, there's a lot of good things that are going to be happening over the next few days. I'm delighted to have so much good to look forward too.

On Wednesday, I'll be turning 61. These past few months have been among the hardest in my life in many ways. I'm really hoping that 61 turns out to be a stellar year for me! No matter what, I plan to make the best of it!

Life is good.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MWWENSIN 11/8/2013 9:09PM

    Glad things are looking up for you. Happy Birthday !

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/8/2013 3:33PM

    A belated happy birthday, fellow Scorpio! emoticon

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DEEGIRL50 11/6/2013 7:10AM

    There is a lot of good things going on in your life! I love your attitude. Living life to it's fullest. Appreciating everything.
emoticon Happy Birthday and Here's to a full recovery!!

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DRUIDPRINCESS 11/6/2013 1:12AM

    Love and hugs to you, for your positive attitude, your determination, your continued wonderful progress... and your birthday!

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COLUMBINE2 11/5/2013 11:18PM

    Happy birthday tomorrow! What a wonderful blog! Your attitude is powerful and is a big part of your success. Have a splendid drive on the Trace and yes, that bike ride will be fabulous. I can picture you two doing that!

You are also a gift to your SIL! What a gift you are to each other!!! I now there are many challenges for you but somehow you always emphasize the good things (like kickin' that UTI to the curb! Yahooooooo!)

Have a terrific day, engrave every minute on your memory and get ready to make those plans happen. You're strong, you're determined and you'll get 'er done!

Love & hugs!

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DARLENEK04 11/5/2013 8:33PM


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Happy happy Birthday, make it a great day, whatever you do.....

I drove the part of the Natchez Trace from Vicksburg up to is
a beautiful road. Not too many places to pull over in that section, but it
is historic and lovely....

Happy Birthday chick and continued success ......
Loving hugs,

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LOPEYP 11/5/2013 6:50PM

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MOTHER-NATURE 11/5/2013 6:31PM

    You are such an inspiration to so many emoticon wishing you a very Happy Birthday emoticon



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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 11/5/2013 6:29PM

    Have a fantastic birthday and what a great attitude

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MOM2ACAT 11/5/2013 6:14PM

    emoticon I am glad you are feeling better, and glad that you have some plans to look forward to.

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KTISFOCUSED 11/5/2013 5:10PM

Happy Birthday tomorrow and wonderful blessings to you. You have made it through the fire and I wish you all the best in the future.

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BONNIEMARGAY 11/5/2013 4:48PM

    Wishing you the very best year of your life!

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CINDHOLM 11/5/2013 1:49PM

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HAPPYWALKER 11/5/2013 1:45PM

    A SparkFriend of mine sent me your blog and I am so uplifted by reading it. Your serenity and positive attitude shines through. I am so impressed that despite going through chemo, you are so active. You are taking good care of yourself physically and emotionally. I'm also touched by your feelings of gratitude, even for having chemo on your birthday!! All of this will serve you well in your healing. I'm glad you are blessed to have someone like your sister-in-law to offer such great support.

Enjoy your birthday - I hope it is the most special day for you. My best wishes for your full recovery and remission.

edited: I read some of your earlier blogs and I see that chemo does knock you down a bit afterward. You'll be in my prayers for comfort & healing.

P.S. I turned 62 a week and a half ago - I feel like it only gets better as the years go by.

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GEORGIAGIRL26 11/5/2013 1:35PM

    Those ball room classes sound fun.
Glad that both of you are having a good time.
Hope that you have a really good Birthday tomorrow.
Your friend in Fitness, Holly emoticon emoticon

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VON_1962 11/5/2013 11:47AM

    What a beautiful week you have planned out! Happy Birthday! I have to say I am so envious of someone who has all the access to such wonderful healthy treats. I live in the far north and to find choices I have to drive fairly far. It is an adventure for sure! Keep up the spirit and enjoy that special birthday! Make big wishes and may they all come true!

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JANTHEBLONDE 11/5/2013 11:12AM

    Sounds like a great plan! i hope you have a emoticon

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PJMOMMATO3 11/5/2013 10:57AM


Sounds like a wonderful plan for the next few days. Enjoy!

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HEALTHY4ME 11/5/2013 10:47AM

    I just can't bellieve what a super, great, fantastic attitude and I am so sure this is helping you kick that cancer!!! I am so so proud of you, and so glad I have you as a friend.
Here I sit doing diddly. My spark friend and I were commiserating how we can't seem to commite to this... Girl I got up this morning with renewed asspirations. I have read 2 blogs that have hit home and yours is the 3rd. It is the most special cos the others are like me sayign we are doing it and yes they were motivating but girl you in the midst of all this are doing it.
I will be remembering you and doing it too. I CAN DO THIS. I WILL DO THIS. and Kay HUGS and an early HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Also I hope everyone likes this blog cos it needs to get to where more will see it. if we all had this attitude can you only imagine how great things would be.

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PATIENTSAM 11/5/2013 10:40AM

    What a wonderful attitude you have! I can just picture the leaves in all their glory. I will pray that all goes well and that you can have a wonderful birthday celebration. I am so happy that you have great support

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BILL60 11/5/2013 9:58AM

    You're doing just Super. Have a super Birthday and continue enjoying life.

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KIPPER_KID 11/5/2013 9:34AM

    sounds like good plans - hope you have a great birthday!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/5/2013 9:14AM

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SNOW_LEOPARD_74 11/5/2013 8:43AM

    I'm so glad things are going well and looking good for you. Enjoy your birthday and your time away. Those ballroom last lessons sound like a blast!

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/5/2013 8:27AM

    Hooray for feeling so good! Have a fun day.

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NILLAPEPSI 11/5/2013 8:16AM

    Sounds like a fun day. I'm so glad you're feeling better!!

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