December 2011, Still kicking, but not as much

 

I'm sorry it has taken so long for me to return to my blog. But we are at the end of 2011 and I would like to do a bit of catching up.

It has been a very good year for me. First of all, Mike who was diagnosed with melanoma in November of 2010 and then had surgery has a clean bill of health. The doctors didn't find any cancer in the lymph nodes and there were clear margins with the removal of the affected area. Great news! Now Mike has to see a dermatologist every 6 months so we are very happy and relieved about that. My oncologist thought I should try some chemotherapy to see if we can reduce the sizes of the tumors in my lungs. Unfortunately, there was no change whatsover but I have no regrets about trying. I thought that since I was a cancer patient, I should experience all the aspects of the disease including chemo. As unpleasant as the treatments were, I met some great people including, nurses, admin staff, volunteers and other chemo patients so I feel my life has been enriched with that experience. We also looked into some clinical trials and travelled to Toronto and London Ontario but the doctors there didn't think I would be a good candidate. So...I went back to my trusty mantra...."Let it Be". I figured I'd better keep having fun so I took a trip to Northern Alberta to visit my daughter and her family including a new grandson. I always wanted to be in the north for Summer Solstice so this is one more thing to scratch off my bucket list. It was quite amazing to have so much light everyday. In July, my friend Gale and I took a road trip to Boston to visit some of her Newfoundland family. That was a great trip. Lots of yakking, shopping and sight-seeing. Now I have put visiting Newfoundland on my bucket list. In August, Mike and I bought a new home. Previously we lived in a upstairs apartment but climbing the stairs was a bit too much for me. So we found a cute house which requires no stair climbing with a nice yard and it is close to everything.September, my friend Margaret and I took a trip to Europe to visit my cousin Chantal and her husband who live in a houseboat in a quaint little village outside Amsterdam. I also visited with my other cousin Bianca and her family and some special Aunts. We travelled to Germany and Belgium and stopped in Iceland for a couple of days on the way home. October has my favorite holiday...Thanksgiving. It is a good time to remember all we can be thankful for and I am so grateful for all the wonderful people I have in my life. We also had some sadness in October. Mike's mother "Myrna" passed away after struggling with illnesses for a long time. We feel she is now in a better place with no pain or sadness. In November I celebrated my 53rd birthday. My special cousin Chantal came from Holland to help celebrate. We also had a house-warming with many wonderful people who blessed our home with their presence. December was a busy month with Christmas preparations. I love the baking, visiting, celebrating and eating part of Christmas. We had Mike's daughter Haida and her partner Peter and my niece Elizabeth visit us from  for the holidays so that made it extra special. Winter Solstice is one of my favorite days. I love it that we are heading back into the light. So now we are at the end of the year and again I feel so blessed and thankful to have had another wonderful year of love, joy and happiness.I feel like my life is winding down now so my resolution is to share more of my thoughts to my blog. I'd like to wish everyone a joyous New Year