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.