Nick has graduated from LMU and is working in Seattle (Bellevue exactly) and not living at home which makes both of us happy. We see him a lot as his kitchen doesn’t work as well as mine. He is dating a nice young lady and learning about being patient until you are made CEO.
Emily is a senior now at Duquesne university scheduled to graduate in May. As of this writing, she has been accepted into graduate school where she hopes to become a special education teacher. Her plan is to move back to the left coast. She too is dating a nice young man here and is learning how to balance all of life’s challenges.
Matt retired in June 2018 after 21 years at Starbucks. He dabbles a bit in this and that but his primary job is Chief Leisure Officer at Jill Swaya travel. He has put together fabulous bucket list adventures for us and we are not slowing down. Smookie went to heaven in December 2018 and is now harassing my sweet Mom who passed in September 2018.
That brings us to me. Next week will be the end of four and start of 5 years cancer free. Woo hoo. To celebrate, I finally had my last reconstruction to add my little always erect nipples. I’m still bandaged up for one more week, but there is no pain. It will be spring before I can sport tattoos of colors to complete the look. I’m thinking maybe a neon psychedelic color to celebrate my 50 year high school reunion which I missed to reconstruction. Bottom line, I’m done. No more surgeries and that feels good to say. In a short year, check up free.
What have I learned? In any tragedy there can be humor. We all make choices. I chose to try to keep my self buoyed by the funny little things that can happen. I still see the poor therapy ridden ups driver and smile. The little girl who thought I was a man, Is running around the Beach club now chasing boys! Purple hair is probably not a good color for you mom to see!
I have learned that my family, friends and even people that barely know you, keep your ship righted with support and love. That’s a feeling that makes this whole experience ok.
So I’m signing off for good now. I encourage anyone who needs a friend to chat with about breast cancer to reach out...send your friends to me too. I’m paying it back big time! The life you saved was mine. God bless you.