Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Moving Along

Since my last post was so loooooong, this one will be brief.  Promise!

Not much has changed, healthwise, in the past few weeks.  Which is a GREAT thing!  I continue to be up and around more and I'm feeling pretty good.  I've gained a total of 9 pounds back after my dying-of-cancer low of 106.  This is because I'm able to eat just about anything I want, and if you're a regular reader here, you know that I love to eat.  So now that I can, I do!  

I continue on the chemotherapy regimen of Carboplatin and Gemcitabine, and since we last spoke, I have not had any scheduled treatments withheld due to blood count or other issues.  This is also a GREAT thing, because you want to be able to keep getting your chemo drugs when they are doing a bang-up job on your cancer!

I want to take a moment to say THANK YOU to all of you who've taken the time to send notes of encouragement my way.  It means a lot to hear from you, faithful readers!

There are a number of things that we've been busy with lately. Both my teenage girls have part-time jobs now.  Only good can come from this, as they gain some worldly experience (outside of their pretty cush existence here in Kingwood, Texas) and also learn about the value of money.  Let's just say, It was time!

Christa will be going off to college in the Fall, and I was able to attend a parent orientation while she attended freshman orientation. Good times with my sweet girl, but long and tiring couple of days!
Such a pretty little campus she gets to enjoy in Huntsville, Texas.

Next, now that I am experiencing better health, however temporary it may be, we have decided to move to a more convenient location within our same town.  When I was gravely ill, it was very difficult to get the kids everywhere they needed to go.  We leaned on a LOT of people to help out, and we are much appreciative, but it would be great if we were within walking or biking distance.  The home-buying and home-selling process is a stressful one (not to even mention the act of moving!) but we feel it's the right thing for us, at this point in our lives.  Additionally, if we lived close to The Pink Ribbon Shop, Danny would be able to come home periodically during the day, if I needed him to.  Or just to check on me.  And his commute wouldn't be as long, which is obviously never a bad thing. So, he has begun preparing our home for sale, making repairs that have been put off, cleaning up like never before, etc.  (who knew pressure washing could yield such amazing results!?)  Meanwhile, I am obsessively and frequently checking the online listings because, that's just how I am once I put to mind to something.  Some might say I'm ... psycho?  But I prefer to call it determined.  Driven.  Yea, that's it.  :)

You know how when you're buying a home, no house is perfect? Well ours is darn near perfect for us, and we are actually mourning leaving our beautiful, private yard and deck behind.  It has served us well.  But what we did "sacrifice," if you want to call it that, is location.  Ten years ago, when we first moved to Texas, we had to expand our search geographically to get the home we wanted.  This time, it's all about location.  We are looking at older and potentially smaller homes to accomplish this.  Again, it's just the right thing for us right now.  Thankfully we have accumulated some equity in our home which will help us make the move without changing our mortgage payment.  Or maybe even lessening it!

Well, I will stop for now.  Saving some discussions for a later post. Thanks for reading.