The Big O Diary – Post #3

Posted in: Cancer, Random ♦ Monday, June 13th, 2011, 11:00 pm ♦ 2 Comments

Sorry for the delay in updates! It has been a hectic couple of weeks and I haven’t been able to blog as much as I would like, plus I can’t read or write without nausea until Day 8 or so. Here is the latest and greatest…..

As some of you know, we decided to move to the Boston area for the summer so I could have all of my treatments and surgery at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. We decided this after we got home from chemo #1. The travel took a lot out of me (getting on a plane after chemo treatment is as much fun as… well, a chemo treatment), so we thought it would be easier if I were able to stay in New England for the next few months. It was a bit of a scramble, but we managed to get it all organized in record time. Then we packed up the car and the dog (who has more shoes than me), and drove east. Boston or Bust, baby!

En route, we got the call that our summer rental arrangement had fallen through at the last minute. OMG. The cute little historical house I had my heart set on was no longer available. It was due to extreme extenuating circumstances, which we understood, but I was crushed. Totally. I love colonial history and was so excited to live in a house that had been built around the time of Paul Revere. Plus, chemo #2 was right around the corner and I needed a comfy bed to lie in for the next week or so. Let’s just say that our arrival was not as joyous as I had hoped, and definitely amped up our stress levels a notch or two.

But positive attitudes and persistence prevailed! As I noted in my last blog post – Everything Happens for a Reason. Not only did we find an even better place to live, but we stayed with our amazing friends while we finalized the details. Time spent with great people + lobster + wine = soul replenishing yumminess!

The only issue with our new rental is that we couldn’t move in immediately. So, some more amazing people – my dad and his wife – welcomed us in. We have been with them for a couple of weeks and it has been so comforting. The perfect amount of love and support. Even though the circumstances could have been better, this time spent with them has been priceless and I will cherish it. They have provided me with the opportunity to completely focus on getting through treatment and will not allow me to lift a finger. Cooking meals every night, doing laundry, walking the dog (wait – am I sure I want to move out?). An enormous hug and thank you to them – love you!

Staying with my dad has also been a homecoming of sorts. I moved from Boston to Cincinnati in 2000, and we visit often, but it is not quite the same as living here. Being a New Englander is in my blood (just call me Yankee Girl). I love my life with hubby in Cincinnati, but I can’t tell you how much I am enjoying being back and reconnecting with my family and oldest friends. It is so reassuring and familiar – like wrapping yourself in a warm, soft blanket. Mmmmm…cozy.

So what are my favorite things about Boston? I thought you would never ask! First and foremost, there is a Dunkin’ Donuts on every corner, which is wicked awesome. I love Dunkin’ coffee and get it at every opportunity (plus the Munchkins rock). I love driving like a maniac, and swearing like a sailor at all of the other crazy drivers. I love reading the Boston Globe. I love that the Red Sox are on the local channel. I love dialing 617. I love being near the ocean and being able to take in a deep breath of salty air. I love taking walks with my dad and the dog. I love calling my friend of 20 years and saying, hey, want to meet for coffee or lunch? I love that one of my sisters now lives in the same state. I love that at our new place we can walk one block to buy lobsters that were pulled out of the water 20 minutes before. I love the fact that I feel most like myself when I am here. It is all super good.

The one downside is that my hubby is not able to be with me all of the time. He is going to commute to and from Cincinnati. He is here with me during treatments and then will fly home on Day 7. He is working hard to bring home the bacon, while taking care of me at the same time. Incredible. He is the MAN. I miss him, adore him and am so blessed and lucky to have him in my life. Thank you, sweetheart!

Today is Day 12 and I am feeling almost 100%. Yea! Packing again and getting ready for the move on Wednesday. I have nine more days to enjoy before treatment #3, and plan to squeeze every drop of goodness out of each of them. We are renting in a quaint, coastal town one hour north of Boston that was founded in 1630. It has beautiful parks, great restaurants, and more American history than even John Adams could stand. Sweet! Portsmouth, NH here we come!

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2 Responses to “The Big O Diary – Post #3”

  1. Posted by: VALERIE
    June 14th, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Thanks for the smile on my face. So good to see your written words that inspire and refresh us.

  2. Posted by: Nancy
    June 14th, 2011 at 1:04 am

    My goodness, you have been a busy woman! I’m glad your new arrangements worked out so well and that you have such great support from family and friends. That is so important. Enjoy the days when you are feeling good. Hope the rest of chemo goes well.

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