Tuesday, May 31

Quote of the Day:  “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.  Margaret Thatcher

Exercise Log:  Kathy E., Patti and I did 4.55 miles. (-.46) It was so beautiful but cool- suppose to get up to 75 today!!!  So I am happy to say that I have been doing 5.1 miles on average every day for the past 57 days.  That makes my total 290.70 miles which is 11.095 marathon distances.  By the way, all marathons are the same distance- 26.2 miles.  As a runner, one comment that we always scoff at from a non-runner is “How long is that marathon?”

Today, I will complete my 6th chemo treatment which means that I am at mile 20 and have 2/8 treatments left to go.  I am happy to be here but all I really want to do is complete the other 2.  That is just how I feel when I get to mile 20 at the marathon-  I know at this point I will finish even if it means walking or crawling to the finish line.  I just want to see the finish line!  I am trying to be patient which is very difficult for a very non-patient individual but June 28th is less than a month away and I can’t wait until it is here and I am over with chemo.

Laurie Burt is flying in from San Diego to be my chemo-buddy.  She is really sacrificing a lot and I feel very indebted to her for doing this.  Laurie and I meet at the University of Utah.  We were both English majors also getting our secondary teaching certificates- we graduated in ’81- I was 22 years old.  We had a lot of classes together and started to do other things together and got our husbands to meet.  We both got jobs that Fall and started our teaching careers.  I taught at Riverview Jr. High in Murray- teaching 7th and 8th graders English.  I taught for one year and Nate was born 2 weeks after the school year ended.  I then happily stayed home and loved being a Mom of this darling little boy.

After Laurie and Kelly graduated from the “U”, they moved to Los Angeles so Kelly could get his Master’s at UCLA.  After that they moved to San Diego and we visited them many times.  They are the most amazing hosts ever- generous beyond words and are always so welcoming of us to stay at their home when we come.  Our children have spent many vacations together and one of our all time favorite vacations was staying at Mission Bay with them for a week.  We had so much fun that it was very difficult to leave and come back home knowing that our fun vacation was over.  They are more than friends, they are truly family.  We know we can rely on them for anything and I hope they know we are there for them.

Laurie, Mary and I during chemo # 6


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One Response to Tuesday, May 31

  1. laurie burt June 1, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

    Joanie Daily, I love you! Thanks for inviting me to be with you yesterday. I have always loved that, though we live many miles apart, whenever we get back together, we can pick up where we left off without missing a beat. I enjoyed our day together from start to finish! Miss you…so glad you’re on the downhill stretch, mile 22 is it?!! Go Joanie!

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