Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Just like everyone else, almost!

Last week I went to DFCI for a 6 month follow up visit. I'd had a mammogram in November that proved that all was well. This was my last hurdle before joining the typical ranks of cancer survivors - graduating to the once per year visit.

I'm happy to report that all looked good, and I do not have to return to see my fabulous oncologist, Dr. Michael Hassett, until this time next year!!

I'm training for that TRI that I promised to attempt this year. A big piece of that training is learning to swim. There's nothing more humbling than literally standing at the edge of the deep end with my toes at the incline. I'm doing it. It's not easy.

I did not get a bib for Boston despite desperately wanting to. Initially I was very sad and disappointed, but shortly after my IT band acted up and I realized it was for the best. I am, however, volunteering to clock watch at the 5k mark and I'm excited to be a part of such a great milestone. I'll be cheering on many of my friends! I'm proud that I'm able to run way farther than I ever anticipated, and I'm still enjoying it!

I'm also starting to really enjoy rowing, and am considering trying to join a local crew of breast cancer survivors - but, I need to conquer that swimming thing first :) Stay tuned on that one...

On a sadder note, my marriage is dissolving after 21 years. Rob and I have managed to be very adult in the process, and our family seems to be thriving now that we are all learning how to navigate our new normal. We want what's best for our children, and we hopefully will continue to work toward that goal. I'm disappointed that we ended up at this point after having tried for so many years to build our future. We both will be happier in the long run, of that I have no doubt. And, if I've learned anything over the past two years, it's important to be happy. Rob deserves that as much as I do.

I continue to benefit greatly from the love and support of my co-workers, family, and friends. I've got the most amazing village a girl could ask for.

2016 is going to be a great year. I won't have it any other way!!

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