Yes, chemo does it. Even though I've been able to carry on pretty darn well, I still feel 15 years older when I climb (not dash) up the stairs. My eyes have aged and I think like an old person, with a bit of a dragging chemo brain.
But mostly I feel old because my baby girl is turning 30!
I was about Heidi's age when she came into my world... so I guess that makes me old! But as always, we turn the focus towards the positive! All is good once you turn to celebration!
We planned to celebrate at our Hill Country cabin the weekend before. Don and I arrived Friday night and I suddenly realized I didn't have my old hosting energy. Don mowed, knee high grass (it's been a while) and I just ignored the cobwebs and dust. I did manage to throw up some decorations, though. 30 photos with captions about what we love about Heidi... some serious... some silly.
The air was perfect by evening, with all windows wide open. We took in the sunset from the upper porch and all I could do was sigh. I haven't been out of town since chemo started and here I was just days away from my very last treatment. Lots to be thankful for.
Heidi and Jamie arrived Saturday morning and we picnicked at the lake. Chicken salad and games and a National Inquirer to laugh at! It was so simple and pleasant, just spending time.
In the evening we sat on the deck and Heidi opened gifts. We toasted with champagne and Don did an amazing job with filet mignon!
Candles and cupcakes and games into the night. I love my birthday girl!
Then on Sunday, Heidi and I had Mother/Daughter Day in Austin. We were able to walk from the apartment, which was lucky since there were ACL Festival parking/traffic issues.
Coffee to Spa
We started with coffee and muffins at Patika. By 11, we were at a spa for facials, which was a piece of heaven for us both. (Mine was modified for health reasons)
Dressed for Lunch
Back at the apartment, Heidi and I dressed for our late lunch. I brought my wig, but Heidi pushed for us to both wear scarves! We walked to the amazing Wu Chow where Heidi guided me through the process of various Dim Sum options. I managed to bite off the tip of my Soup Dumpling without having it explode!
By 4:00, we were back at the apartment and Don arrived to drive the 2 of us back to Sugar Land. I thought I'd sleep in the car driving home, but I giddily talked the whole way. I never would have believed a few months ago that I could have enjoyed so much while undergoing chemo. In fact just days earlier I had been stressed thinking I might not have the energy.
Thanks to my Birthday Girl (and Don and Jamie) for the celebration!
Cancer to Covid
I started this complaining list/blog, in May 2016. I posted 200 gripes about my breast cancer and then I was done.
On March 17, 2020, I started venting all over again, when another disease (starting with a C) interfered with my life. Only this time, it was affecting more than me.
Coronavirus and Cancer! Both are evil, but neither can totally get me down... if I vent! I hope with Covid, I run out of complaints before 200!