Thursday, January 1, 2009


Reflecting on 2008, I'm realizing that half of the year was gobbled up by cancer. One thing I'm grateful for though, is that it went by super fast! And I'm really happy that I was done with my treatment before the holiday season hit. I'm able to start off 2009 with a clean slate, and feeling good. I only have a few lingering side effects, but considering it's only been four weeks since the last chemo, that's really not bad at all! And technically, two of those weeks were part of the chemo cycle. But who's counting...

I even did a bit of traveling. Granted, we just went to L.A., but after seeing mostly my living room for the last four months, this felt like a big deal! It was so nice to catch up with some old friends and family. And just being in a different environment was energizing.

Now we're back home again and I'm going to try to keep the momentum going. Time to figure out how to move forward mentally and physically. Supplements, exercise, diet, stress reduction, etc. It feels a bit overwhelming, especially because if you talked to 10 "experts" you will get 10 completely different opinions! Right now since I had a good response to chemotherapy, I'm finding myself leaning towards the middle of the road. If my situation changes I might get more experimental, but for now I'm sticking with things that are proven to be safe and effective, and especially things that are common sense such as exercising and eating more vegetables.

So, at the moment I'm feeling quite optimistic about 2009. Nothing like a life threatening disease to shake you out of complacency and make you pay more attention to the things that really matter. I'm not going to say I'm happy this happened to me, but I will try to make the best out of the situation.


  1. Here's to a wonderful 2009 for us all! So glad you were able to finish your treatments and are able to start the year off free and clear!!

  2. Happy New Year to you!

  3. Yeah, Annabelle, my recent "experience" was a shaker upper too....especially since it was unwarranted. Idelle