Last year at this time I was reeling from the effects of my second chemotherapy. Now, I’m healthy and happy and grateful for every moment. I’ve spent the summer relaxing with my kids and various friends and family members, but also doing things that I wasn’t able to do last year. One example is eating – fresh fruit and veggies were on my no-no list because of the risk of infection from any bacteria. I have been eating fruit and salad like it’s going out of style. (I had a strawberry and spinach salad with sesame dressing the other day – WOW!) I have been swimming a few times, which I never did. I also went white water rafting and zip lining in Harper’s Ferry West Virginia with some amazing friends. The entire time I kept pinching myself – I was just so grateful for the air on my face and being outside and using my body to enjoy myself. It might sound hokey to you, but I have been focused on appreciating every moment I have.
Today I went to see Nancy Emamian at Images Salon in Chevy Chase, MD. You might remember that about a year ago, she shaved my head as my hair started to fall out and she made it as lovely and gentle of an experience as possible. Today I needed a haircut. We both said a little prayer of thanksgiving as she trimmed my growing mop. She is such a warm and loving person – and a wonderful stylist to boot! I am thankful to be under her care. Here’s how the hair looks now. Still curly!
What a life! Enjoy your summer, wherever you are.