The Big O Diary – Post 6

Posted in: Cancer, Random ♦ Monday, August 1st, 2011, 11:31 pm ♦ 2 Comments

August 1, 2011

OMG! Another gorgeous morning on the seacoast of New Hampshire. Sunny skies, beautiful ocean breezes, zero humidity. All that, plus a cup of Dunkin’ coffee in hand – what more could a girl ask for?

I can see why the early settlers chose this location for their new home. Did you know that Portsmouth was founded in 1623? That is only three years after the Pilgrims at Plymouth. As a novice history buff, I have been doing lots of reading on this stuff lately and it fascinates me. Some people like math and science, but MG LOVES history. More specifically, colonial history. Our rental house is smack dab in the middle of it all, and I trying to take full advantage of it. Instead of the sun, I am soaking up pre and post Revolutionary dates and facts this summer. Did you know that Portsmouth had its own mini-tea party? Or that Washington stayed here shortly after he was elected President? I am thinking of getting a powdered wig and wearing it while I tour the historic homes. What do you think? It will be no less obvious than my bald head. Ha.

As far as health and cancer goes, I have been feeling great since recovering from chemo number four a couple of weeks ago. Surgery is scheduled for August 8, so I am on hiatus until then. Sweet! One more week to go. I have been using this time to connect with local family and old friends. I have made some great new friends too! Not to mention eating lots of lobster, fried clams, and ice cream (no counting calories for me this summer!). It has been just what the doctor ordered.

Speaking of docs, I am headed down to Beantown tomorrow for a few pre-op appointments. I have to meet with them for blood work, anesthesia prep, surgery details, etc. After the operation, I will have a recovery period, and then chemo number five on August 25. Chemo number six should be in mid-September, and then hopefully, we will be done. I can’t believe how quickly time is passing and that the end is in sight. Where did the summer go? I am conflicted between wanting the process to be over, but also wanting to prolong my time here. Don’t want to wish it away. Need to remind myself to stop and smell the salty air.

The best news is that hubby comes back into town tomorrow! I have missed him and can’t wait to see him. After the hospital appointments, we are headed to Fenway to catch a Sox game and spend the night in the city. Fun! I am going to call ahead to the Cask and Flagon so they can have a frosty Harpoon Summer waiting on the bar for me!

Hope everyone has a great week! Enjoy!

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2 Responses to “The Big O Diary – Post 6”

  1. Posted by: Valerie
    August 4th, 2011 at 12:51 am

    So glad to read your post this afternoon. Your writing is excellent and you leave your readers wanting more.
    Have an enjoyable week! I’ve always been a Yankee fan, but if the Sox winning makes you happy, I’m right there with ya.(:
    Valerie

  2. Posted by: Natalie
    August 8th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Bob and I feel so fortunate to have met you…and now Frank. We are awed by your spirit and courage. Thinking of you today and looking forward to having you back in Portsmouth in a flash!

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