Careful You Don’t Trip Over That….It’s My Ass

Let me tell you – I have moved before…granted, it’s been 13 years, but I did it.  And I don’t think I was anywhere near this tired.  And we still have loads of stuff to pick up and move to my Mom’s.

I keep reminding myself that I am still just less than two month’s out of chemo therapy, and in between moving, I’m running to the nursing home to check on my Mom, and dealing with a now 2 hour one way commute to work when I go.

I’m so freaking tired I can’t stand it.  My ass is dragging.

Mom is doing great.  Not thrilled with her roommate situation, but physically, she’s doing very well.  Today she took two walks up and down the hallway and I had a problem keeping up with her.  She’s not using the walker like she should, but I think it’s because the women in this family have a weeeee bit of an independent streak.  Her roommate has her own issues, and enjoys watching a Fox news, which my very liberal mother feels as if it is like fingernails on a chalk board.  She says she’s going to stick out the week, but I’m thinking she’ll be ready to come home by Tuesday.  If I don’t have to pick her up sooner for roommate-a-cide.

Me, well, I’m doing what I have to.  Right now, I’m doing the 45th load of laundry in about four days – at least that’s what it feels like, and I have more to do – including my Mom’s laundry so I can take it back to her tomorrow when I get done work.  And there is the whole putting crap away in a house that is already filled to the gills.  I’m also going to make some ham and bean soup for mom so she has something ready to eat next week while she’s home.  And a roast for our dinner tonight.

At least tomorrow I work from home.

The nursing home is a sad sad place.  People there are very depressed (I don’t blame them) and have no fight left in them.  Mom, on the other hand, can not wait to leave.  I don’t blame her, and thank goodness every day that she’s not waiting to die.  Sometimes, I look at the faces of those sad old people, who have reached there 90s and have outlived all their family, and I think, “Please, don’t let me live that long – I know I’ll be alone.”

So, I better get back to work here – things to chop…soup to make…roasts to roasts…and underwear to wash.

And chocolate.  I need some chocolate.  Yes.  Chocolate.


June 2, 2013

June 2nd is National Cancer Survivor’s Day.

What is National Cancer Survivor’s Day?  Well, this is directly from their website:

National Cancer Survivors Day is an annual, treasured Celebration of Life that is held in hundreds of communities nationwide and around the world. It is a CELEBRATION for those who have survived, an INSPIRATION for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of SUPPORT for families, and an OUTREACH to the community. Participants unite in a symbolic event to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful, productive, and even inspiring.

It is a day for everyone, whether you’re a cancer survivor, a family member, friend, or medical professional. This day provides an opportunity for all people living with a history of cancer – including America’s nearly 14 million cancer survivors – to connect with each other, celebrate milestones, and recognize those who have supported them along the way. Anyone can host an NCSD event. Get started with our 7 simple steps to organize your event.

When is National Cancer Survivors Day? National Cancer Survivors Day is traditionally observed on the first Sunday in June. However, some communities choose a different day for their local celebration.

What does the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation do? The nonprofit National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation provides free guidance, education, and networking to hundreds of hospitals, support groups, and other cancer-related organizations that host NCSD events in their communities. Through National Cancer Survivors Day, the Foundation works to improve the quality of life for cancer survivors by educating the public on the issues of survivorship.

Who is a cancer survivor? The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation defines a “survivor” as anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life. National Cancer Survivors Day is an opportunity for your community to demonstrate that it has an active, productive cancer survivor population.

I’ve never taken part in this event, although my life was touched by cancer long before I was a patient.  This year, I think I’m going to celebrate here on my blog – a virtual party for all of you who follow me that have been touched by cancer – for those of you who have battled and won, or are still battling, or are merely striving to live your life to its fullest.  For those of you don’t have a diagnosis, but have had a family member or friend touched by cancer. 
Help me celebrate National Survivor’s day by spreading the word.  And please know, a survivor isn’t necessarily someone who has beaten the disease and has received an updated status of remission or NED (No Evidence of Disease) or are, God willing, considered cured.  A survivor is merely someone who has not let cancer beat them. 
Live your lives.  Live them loud and proud.  And show cancer who is boss.
I’m a survivor.  Are you?

Still Here

This week has been nuts.  We started our move last weekend, and it launched with our yard sale.  We sold a lot, but still had a ton of it left, which we gifted to Good Will.  We brought up three loads to our new place on Sunday, and then Monday, Mom had her surgery.

She did well, but has had dome issues with low blood pressure and dizzy spells.  I went with her to pt yesterday, and am going again today.  Between the hospital and moving crap, I am exhausted!

Tomorrow I go back to work and Mom gets released from the hospital to rehab.  Bob is picking her up.

I moved the animals up.  The dog is thrilled.  She loves her new backyard and being able to play off leash.  Mattie Cat his for half an hour and then realized she was at Grandma’s.  Now she is strutting around like she owns the place.  Toby is wigged out.  Poor kitty.

We still have crap to move up, but we are getting there.  I am worn out.  I am sure it is because so much has been going on, and I am still wiped out from being sick, but soon enough we will be through this too.

Sad News

My weekend was very relaxing and enjoyable (as you saw from the pictures) but sadly I did get some bad news while I was gone.

I was very fond of my ex-boss. We got transferred to a new supervisor last summer, but I still worked closely with my ex-boss until I went out on short-term this past January, and he accepted a position with another company. He texted me to let me know then that he was leaving and I’ve had an occasional chat with him since his departure.

While in OC this weekend, I saw on Facebook that his sister had passed away. Not sure if there was an associated illness or not – I do know she had been in a car accident a number of years ago and had lived with pain ever since. I’m not sure what caused her death, but she was only 46. Quite said.

Thoughts and prayers are with him and his family right now.

Screw You Cancer Weekend

I’m leaving tomorrow morning to go to Ocean City, MD with my sister, our friend and my niece. We will spend the weekend having cocktails and getting our nails done and generally causing trouble.

This is to be my official “Screw You Cancer” weekend.

And while it’s a great thought, I have so much to do at home I kind of wish it were another time.

But I’ll go and have fun. Pictures to come later.