In the Air!

In the Air!
400 feet above the ground in Orlando.

Florida

Florida
Taking my first step towards a new life.

Virginia

Virginia
Spending an afternoon at Marymount during my internship!

My rocks!

My rocks!
Wouldn't be where I am without my parents!

Graduation

Graduation
Walking for my Masters. An interesting book end as this all started when I graduated from undergrad!

Awesome Nurses!

Awesome Nurses!
After my port removal and saying goodbye to my chemo nurses before moving away from Michigan. Wouldn't be doing that without them!

Hair again!

Hair again!
Growing longer each day

Last Chemo

Last Chemo

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Better By Inches…But Getting Better

So after two up and down but ultimately wonderful weeks in Virginia I came home fully expecting to be in bed for days recovering.  The day I got home my mom showed me an add in the local paper about an Expo where I could sell the crafts I make two weeks from then.  I decided to go for it and purchased a space…then went into sewing overdrive!

The next two weeks were spent making aprons, tote bags and getting ready for the expo day.  I was out of bed much more than I was in it and able to just keep going!  I really surprised myself!  I did manage to knock myself out the weekend of the expo but it was a good weekend!  I spent the day of the expo on three hours of very bad sleep (because the insomnia pops up it's ugly head now and then still!) but still made a few small sails and then kicked back and napped all the way home!  I honestly expected to wake up the next morning so tired I would be sick.  That is the normal response I have when I over do it as much as I did.  Surprisingly though…I woke up still very tired but…NOT SICK!  I spent a couple days resting and went back to sewing today:)  Working on a blanket for my sister-in-law.

I discovered that having close goals helps me keep going.  If I have things to do to work towards a goal then it makes my energy bounce just a little higher:)  So I am focussing on sewing as much as I can:)  Also looking forward to a possible craft fair in April as well as a Relay for Life event I'm invited to at WMU in Kalamazoo.  ANd I am really looking forward to the snow melting and staying away!  We had a day in the 40's and it was so nice to just go outside and walk up and down the road to the property line and back:)  I REALLY need to get more exorcise in but the weather has not been cooperating!  My goal…if the weather gets better…to be able to walk down to Garrison road and back by the end of March / beginning of April.  That is just over a half mile walk.  For someone who spent the majority of the past year in bed…thats a pretty good goal to reach:)

Little by little, inch by inch, I am getting better.  I am still in utter amazement in how long it takes!  I know everyone is different but it would be nice to know that there are other people who have this constant feeling of tired for so long.  I am hoping the ballistic daily doses of Vitamin D and B my doctor has me on will help boost my energy in another month or so.  Yes, I am still looking at life month to month.  When I start trying to look for quicker improvement I generally end up disappointed!  But I will get there.

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