..well, she has been heavily medicated, but geeesh…

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i know that charon’s had alot on her mind lately…and she has been heavily medicated…but geesh…

last night, she sat straight up (let out a little yelp), and realized it was the 19th of august..wow, two days earlier must have been….AUGUST 17TH!!!!  my six month ampuversary!!!  where were the balloons, the ice cream, the cheese, the scary clown..(0k, scratch the clown).

i got so many ‘sorry i’m two day late’ kisses..it was worth it.  six months – sometimes it seems like it’s been forever and sometimes it seems like it’s been just yesterday.  i must say, every moment has been a blessing for all of us, and we hope for many, many, many, many more great celebrations ahead.

and, if that wasn’t enough good news… charon’s surgeon dr. mancini (no, not henry) called today to say the lymph nodes were all clear and the margins were clean!!  after she’s all healed up, a month or so of radiation and she’ll be good as new. 

bring on the ice cream and cheese – everybody do the ‘hokie pokie’ we’re gonna party down tonight!!!

gayle, the lucky one


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Gayle the teacher, part 2..or maybe it’s in the water….

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how many times have i said…gayle’s the teacher in this adventure.  i can’t even begin to list all the things she’s taught me through her diagnosis, her amputation, her chemo, through every day i am privileged to spend with her.  gayle has taught me:

  1. always be brave.
  2. always have a team you can depend on, sisters and brothers that will stick by you no matter what.
  3. don’t worry about stuff that you can’t control, that’s most stuff.
  4. when you have to, trust the professionals, especially those that have pure hearts.
  5. everything will be better after a nap.  naps have magical powers.  they heal.
  6. when in doubt, eat ice cream and maybe even eat cheese.  cheese is good.

so where is this leading…well, a month ago i too got that awful diagnosis of cancer, just like gayle.  fortunately, the prognosis is very good, and after my surgery tomorrow, and follow up radiation this fall…i’m gonna be just dandy…i gotta be, cause there’s no way this nasty disease is gonna separate me from my sisters – NO WAY!! 

everyday, i see strength, hope and joy from all the tripawd brothers and sisters.  they live in the moment, and capture every drop of goodness from each one.  sadly, some of our brothers and sisters pass way to soon, but time is not the true measure of love, is it… 

i’ll check in after the surgery (if nurse gayle, nurse jane and male nurse murphy let me use the computer).  no worries..i’m in the best hands possible!!