Last year at this time I had just finished up my radiation treatments and was about to embark on the pill form of my treatments and one of my oncologists had promised a drama-free year. Well, it started out great with me only having a few side effects to the cancer medications. Then in April, right after we moved to our new place, I was referred to the Wound Care Clinic for a small ulcer on one of my legs. That healed up pretty quickly, but by the end of July, I was back to wound care with a large sore on one leg and a smaller sore on the other. They have had a devil of a time healing and they really hurt too. A couple of weeks ago I was temporarily taken off one of my cancer drugs that the doctors believed were hindering my healing and already the small sore is healed and there is a definite improvement on the other leg. Sadly, all these appointments added stress to my life though because the co-pays have really hit hard but I really had no choice.
I have met a new group of angels at the wound care clinic that I am so thankful for. I have had many ups and downs and even a bit of a meltdown at one of my appointments and have been so warmly treated by the entire staff. They are professional and tried so many things over the months all while remembering I am a human being struggling with a body I felt was betraying me.
With all these appointments I am thankful for my husband and my daughters for getting me to my appointments and trying to learn as much of my care as possible so they could continue treatment at home.
I am thankful for my son and his girlfriend for stepping in to help in any way they can. My son did the bulk of the moving but all my kids have gone on and above to try to make things easier for both me and my husband all year long.
I am beyond thankful for my grandchildren. The older ones have been indispensable and the younger ones make me laugh and they all help me not to take myself too seriously.
I am thankful for my extended family and friends that are still keeping me in their thoughts and prayers.
I am thankful for all the Great Escapes bloggers that continue to stand by me when I am running off to appointments and when I fell behind the last couple of months. The authors have been fantastic too.
Again, you, the readers of this blog have stuck by me and cheered me up, and supported me too. Please know that while I may not always reply to your comments I do read each and every one. You have made me smile, laugh out loud, and given me strength. You also let me know when I screw up and I always appreciate that.
So while it definitely has not been a drama-free year, but I am still here, reading, reviewing, organizing blog tours, and sharing my life with you. COVID is still a problem but we are making progress. Get your shots, wear your masks, take care of YOU and maybe next year we will be thankful to have kicked it to the curb. We are all in this together and together we can do anything.
I hope you have a wonderful day.