|Still fresh in our minds...|
I will have more time tomorrow night to write and include photos, but I wanted to announce that we are back in the States, safe and sound. I am feeling good, and I did the whole trip. I'm definitely not back to my former self, but that isn't expected for quite a while yet. My stamina is better, I can even skip afternoon naps, but my physical strength and coordination are far from stellar. I don't feel like the strong young woman I used to be. There were no wild romps in the ocean or long morning runs on the beach (ok, I never did that, but let's pretend I did). I'm still feeling the after effects of my treatments but this vacation helped me solidify in my mind that the worst is over, and from here on out, I'm just going to get stronger.
Tomorrow I get to be the "parent participator" in Fisher's classroom for the first time this year, as I'm finally able. The kid could not be more excited. He's asked me every day this year if I get to stay in class with him like all his friends' parents have done, and tomorrow is finally the day. It's another step in my recovery to normalcy. Of course Fisher is bringing his hand-carved hammerhead shark that Nick bought him on the beach for "show and share".
I also see my oncologist tomorrow afternoon for the first time in about three months for my first post-treatment check-up. I'm not quite sure what to expect, but I truly feel in my heart of hearts that he's going to say that I'm doing exceptionally well. I believe he will be starting me on Tamoxifen, my new five-year anti-cancer drug. It's a big day, so I'd better get some rest.
Back tomorrow with more stories from the beach, and more photos too. I just so wish I could have you all over in my living room so I could set up the slide projector and bore you with my vacation photos. I'll try to spare you every detail and share only the highlights. Thanks in advance for indulging me just a bit.
With love to all near and far,