Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day!

This Mother's Day begins with my children sleeping peacefully by my side. We are at Grandma's house and so sharing a room. I listen to their soft breathing and gaze upon their sweet faces relaxed in sleep. I am so blessed. So lucky to have these little men in my life!! Words cannot express my fear that my body will succumb to this cancer and I will leave these two behind.

Eight years old is such a special age. They are big boys, with big boy books and big boy toys. At times though they are still little and want a snuggle, some reassurance that in their big world they still have the comfort of mom at their side. I always want to be able to give them that reassurance. I always want to be that safety net, that soft blankie that at times in their lives they might desperately need. I believe this is what every mother wants. To be there for their children when they need us, to witness them growing up and becoming their own person.

This Mother's day I am wishing all the amazing mother's out there a day filled with love!! I wish for you a cute card made at school, a small but lovely slightly crushed bouquet of flowers held by eager little hands, and breakfast in bed. I wish for you moments of relaxation when the weight of the world is temporarily taken off your shoulders. Happy Mother's Day!

Thursday, May 5, 2016


I am heading out tomorrow to visit my family. A six hour road trip is in my immediate future. I prefer road trips to the mountains but this will be fun. I get to see my little nieces and nephew, hug my brothers and sisters-in-law, celebrate mother's day with my mom and cruise the main street of the small town I grew up in. Fun, fun!

I have recently chewed all my finger nails down. Right down. Why? Anxiety. I have chemo coming up when I get home from my little getaway. Every cycle I seem to have worse anxiety. Feeling the chemicals inside me is almost too much some days. It is even more important to not center my life around my diagnosis when my anxiety comes. I need to get out there and live life! Especially on days I feel so good I forget I have cancer. My nails are gone, but just for now. I still have my hair!!

So I shall go see my family. Enjoy the open road before me and bask in the love I shall receive once I arrive. Once in awhile it is good to mix it up and change your surroundings. The trials we go through are meant to shape us. I have grown up hearing that little anecdote. I am not sure how cancer and treatment is supposed to shape me, yet I feel confident in the knowledge that every day I have the choice to wallow or shine. I choose to shine!! Shine, and fly.