Quote of the Day: “Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. They’re what make the instrument stretch- what makes you go beyond the norm.” Anonymous
Exercise Log: Woke up and did 2.25 on Stairmaster and then 4.61 w/ Sue O., Sue B. and Patti. We did the gut-buster route which means hills! (+.12) I think the steroids are really helping. I’m not sleeping that well but I do feel good exercising.
I appreciate the nice cards from Malissa and Ashley, Margo Flint and comments from my Mom regarding yesterday’s chemo: “I was so glad I was able to come for a while today. Your friend, Susie, is such a great friend to you and so up-beat and fun. It is such a blessing to have friends like that. I am so glad you did not have a bad reaction to the chemo. I can’t help thinking about that women with that rare cancer and her children and husband. There are so many sad things in this life, you just have to enjoy every day as much as you can. I hate to see you going through this awful ordeal but you are so resilient and I know you are a survivor. Brynn called and said Erin’s test came out negative. That is such a relief.” So far one sister has tested positive and another negative. It is hard to deal with this BRCA gene but knowledge is power and if it means you don’t have to get cancer, what a blessing. I wouldn’t want anyone to have to go through chemo and diagnosis of cancer.
I wanted to talk a little about my dear friend, Carol Skeen. I will need to get a picture of Carol so you can get a visual because she is just so darling on the outside. But on the inside, she is golden! Carol is the person I most want to emulate in life. She is the most amazing example of compassionate service to others, unselfish caring, using your talents and enthusiasm for life that I have ever seen. She has a special place in heaven. Carol is in her 80s and has never not given her all, every day. She sews the most beautiful clothes, pillows, dolls, and other handicrafts for others to brighten their day. I have pillows, bags and other beautiful items in my home that she has made and when I look at them, I just want to smile and I feel so loved. She is also an amazing cook. Many times during my chemo has she shown up on my doorstep with the most delicious plate of cookies. They are almost too beautiful to eat but I do eat them because they taste like heaven. Carol wakes up really early in the morning and can be seen walking with her i-pod. She keeps a steady pace and greets you happily when she sees you. I feel so fortunate to have her in my life. She has touched so many lives. I’m not unique- she is giving this kind of service to so many around her. I really don’t know how she does it! But I also can’t forget her husband, John, who is her partner in all things and helps her in all her endeavors! I can only imagine what a happy place this world would be it there were more people like John and Carol Skeen!