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Plans and Decisions

Sunday, April 06, 2014

I have a surgeon at NY Presbyterian Medical Center and a date for surgery in a little over two weeks. Pre-surgical tests have been made and I am in the process of meeting with my primary care physician and my cardiologist to get releases for the surgery.

Everything is in place, and I am now just waiting.

Both surgeons I spoke with continued to be optimistic and assured me that I should expect an excellent outcome. I am feeling very fortunate.

This medical event has prompted me to evaluate other areas of my life, and I have made a decision to retire from my teaching position. My husband is now fully retired, and is no longer doing consulting work, so my retirement now will allow us more time to explore new activities and travel together. We will have more flexibility if I am not tied to the classroom two days a week throughout the fall semester and if I don't have to spend one day of each weekend correcting papers. I enjoyed teaching very much - but the time has come to let it go and move on. I will miss the students, but I won't miss correcting their papers.

So now I am trying to set up some structure to what will be my new life. There will be no routine or structure from a job, so I will have the responsibility of filling my days in meaningful ways.
Spark People will provide the guidelines and structure for my diet and exercise.
I will rejoin some organizations - the local camera club and the Friends of the library - just to keep up with my interests.
My husband and I will be able to take advantage of the many opportunities available in New York City as well as in our local community to experience art, theater, music, science, and current events through the many museums and university programs.
We may even find ourselves taking some fun short term courses in cooking or art appreciation or whatever appeals to us.

Volunteering for short-term projects is something I would also like to do.
Perhaps Literacy Volunteers may be a way to go.

This will be a new chapter in our lives - and I am looking forward to enjoying it.
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    Your positive attitude is already solidly in place to guide you to complete recovery following your surgery, and your decision to fully retire from your teaching position will allow you so many opportunities to pursue future dreams and plans.

    Best wishes to you as your embark on this new path!


    1506 days ago
    Praying that you recover quickly so that you can move forward and enjoy this new time in your life.
    1507 days ago
    Sounds like a wonderful new chapter!
    So emoticon for you!
    1507 days ago
    Wishing you all the best with your surgery.

    I had to quit working in November 2008 because of health issues related to my cancer. It was the best decision for me, but it was also very emotional too. My early "retirement" was quite an adjustment. It took me a long time to get over the feeling that I was just on an extended "vacation", and to get use to a new routine and a new "normal".
    1507 days ago
    I remember when I quit working I wondered how I would ever fill my days? Like all working stiffs, I was accustomed to doing what was expected. Amazingly, those days filled up and now I wondered how I ever found the time to work.
    1508 days ago
    Ah yes, the curse of marking!
    How graciously you are approaching these changes.
    All the best for these new adventures.

    1508 days ago
    emoticon Sounds like you have plans in place already
    1508 days ago
    Sounds like great plans to me!
    You have made some good plans, good doctors and good attitude.
    1508 days ago
    Great plans: like you I loved teaching but not marking!! And it will be wonderful to have more time to focus on your immediate medical needs, then maximizing good times with your DH.
    1508 days ago
    Your health situation has awakened you to all the new possibilities in your life. Retirement will be bittersweet, but I'm sure you'll be too busy enjoying life to miss grading those papers:) emoticon
    1508 days ago
    Retirement doesn't mean that you can sit in the corner and not do anything. I'm sure that you will be having fun no matter what you do. emoticon emoticon
    1508 days ago
    I love your plans! Retirement is what you make of it. I love not working. I enjoy my days being my own.

    I'm glad the prognosis is good! emoticon
    1508 days ago
    It is good to make a plan and follow it through. Sounds like you have done your homework and have a positive outlook. Prayers for a speedy recovery and enjoy retirement. Most folks say they have more going on after retirement than before they retired. ((HUGS))
    1508 days ago
    Isn't it interesting how these seeming difficulties and challenges can be blessings in disguise! Your plans sound fabulous! Do some traveling for me...I'll be with you in spirit!!!

    Wishing you well, knowing you're in good hands,
    1508 days ago
    You have a lot of great ideas and so many opportunities in your area. I love that you are looking ahead and planning for your life post-surgery! Thinking of you....
    1508 days ago
  • DAISY443
    What a wonderful start to a new life! Hugs!
    1508 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I am happy for you. You are entering a new phase of life which will be rich with new experiences. That is exciting.

    I am sending you warm thoughts and hope your surgery goes well.
    1508 days ago
    Turning the page to enjoyment. Congratulations! emoticon
    1508 days ago
    Good decisions... we each only get one life to live, choosing how to live it, how to spend our precious time is important. You have put much thought into this. May you be blessed in the transition to this new phase of life! emoticon
    1508 days ago
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