Enjoying Each Day

busy is a choice

I have been doing really well these past few weeks.  The side effects from Yervoy do not usually happen for the first two to three weeks and then it becomes a cumulative effect with each treatment.   Therefore, I have felt the urge to do as many things as possible while I am feeling well.  I have a greater appreciation for each day.  I know I am suppose to be thankful in every situation but it sure is a lot easier when I am feeling better!

Last weekend I checked off another bucket list item – prom dress shopping! I love watching Say Yes to the Dress, Project Runway, and seeing the Best Dressed at the Oscars, so this filled my need for sequins, lace, and bling.  Penny, my son’s girlfriend, was very accommodating and tried on around fifty dresses.  (There could have been fifty-one dresses but I vetoed one on the rack and never showed it to her.  I figured my son’s hand has to set somewhere for the pictures and I want it to be on cloth!)  After many hours of zipping, snapping, and turning around in the mirror, she found a classy and elegant dress that fits her perfectly.

Punctuated between dress shopping, track meets, planning my son’s graduation festivities, and  end of the school year tasks, I have been trying to make some important decisions about work and my son’s college.  When I came across the saying at the top of the page, it resonated with me. Whenever I felt myself become stressed these past few days, I reminded myself that God is control, He knows best, and He will direct me.  (But the old me wants My answers and NOW, so again I grow as a person and a christian).

My next two infusions (Zometa and Yervoy) are May 1st and 4th.  It is easier now that I know what to expect, but I am still grateful to have a friends with me for them.

Is 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. 

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Making Memories

My family and I are so grateful for the opportunity provided by so many people to take a cruise to the Bahamas.  It came together in such a short time and everything that was needed to make it happen was provided, from borrowed luggage to a complete wardrobe.  While I may not have been able to participate in the shore excursions, I was a well-dressed lounger of the beach and cruise ship!  We had an amazing time, laughed until our stomachs hurt, and made wonderful memories together as a family.

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I am quite happy in this picture because I have my entire family with me (Richard is taking the picture) in the Miami airport. There was an issue in Detroit in which Drake and Richard did not get seats on the flight to Miami as the plane was overbooked and they were told they would need to take the next flight five hours later.  Fortunately, two other people gave up their seats for them (and $1,000 in airline credit) and I was overjoyed when they walked on the plane.  Take notice of that bright pink suitcase in the picture.  It went missing on the ship and I did not see it again until day 2 of the trip.   We had a rough start but the rest of the trip was smooth sailing:

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Here is our ship, the Norwegian Sky, in which we had the pleasure of staying in two balcony rooms.  Upon leaving Miami, I looked out from my balcony to see this double rainbow – a definite sign of good things to come.

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We spent our first full day snorkeling and at a private Lucayan beach on Grand Bahama island.  The boys played basketball and volleyball, while Richard and I sipped virgin pina coladas on a beautiful beach.

sub adventure

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Our second stop was Nassau where the boys were taken aback at the strong selling approach of the vendors.  Every few steps someone was offering them scooters and mopeds to rent, RayBan sunglasses, cigars, and “samples of party favors”.  (For the record, they declined all offers!) Most of Richard’s and the boys’ afternoon was spent on an underwater sub adventure while I spent the afternoon at the spa having a keratin treatment on my hair and a facial.  My guys grumbled about getting dressed up for the French restaurant Le Bistro but later claimed it was their favorite meal of the whole trip.

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Our last full day was spent at Norwegian’s private island, Great Stirrup Cay.  Richard and the boys had a blast on a jet ski tour while I enjoyed reading and doing crossword puzzles in a private cabana as waiters brought me food and drinks.  Check out the gorgeous view from our cabana.  There were some great reefs for snorkeling too!

Please accept our heartfelt thanks to all who made this experience happen.  I am overwhelmed by the generosity and eternally thankful to have made these wonderful memories with my family. Additionally, I came home feeling rested, relaxed, and ready to tackle the next step in this journey.

Today I began the immunotherapy treatment Yervoy. I naively thought I would go to work after the treatment was finished. However, I somehow missed during the education lesson that I was SUPPOSE to have someone drive me as I needed to take two Benadryl pills to prevent a reaction during the infusion.  My friend Laurie, who met me at Lacks for the treatment, ended up taking me back to her home afterwards so I could sleep off the Benadryl and safely drive myself home.  I will be better prepared next time now that I know all that it entails.

Psalm 18:32 “It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.”