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Just what it seems… life

Memoir Moments: Chemo

Hey all, coming at you with another short piece from my writing class. This one is another true telling, of sorts. It is actually two different events all rolled into one. Names may have been changed to protect identities…

Chemo, yet again. You would think that after five years this would be old hat, but no. The sharp tang of hospital chemical assaults your nose. Nothing like strong chlorine to wake up the senses with a jolt. Glancing around the room you see all the usuals, but in the chair next to your’s is a new face. She seems pretty bubbly, the day is looking up, of course unless she is obnoxiously positive. Man alive can those people grate on your last nerve. Nothing like Sally Positive to really make your skin crawl.
The clicking of IVs echos through the small room. Every week you go in, sit in your designated chair, drink water from the big plastic cup they keep for you, with your name on it in black sharpie on the lid, and wait through your several hours of chemo. Drip, drip, drip, go the IVs. Beep, Beep, Beep, go the monitors. A never ending drone that you eventually learn to tune out. But every week it is like the first time all over again. A cacophony of sound, banging through your head, until you learn to turn it all down and hear what you want to hear.
“Hi there, I’m Becky. What are you in for?” she asked you, beaming.
“Hodgkin’s… some trial drug chemo experience. You know, the one we all sign up for,” you tell her with a laugh. “What about you?”
“Oh, just maintenance Chemo. Ovarian Cancer.” She says, the smile wilting a little.
You can’t help but cringe. Ovarian… that’s a death sentence. Ouch. Of course you would never say such things to her, upbeat, encouraging, positive, that’s how all the strong cancer patients face the day.
“Doesn’t cancer just suck” you say in response. All the fun and we even sign up for this crap” you murmur.
She laughs, “too true.” She glances at your girlfriend and sees the knitting she has pulled out. “Oh that is so fun, what are you creating? Oh, and I didn’t catch your names…”
“I am B, and my girlfriend is SaraBeth.” You answer her.
“I am knitting a shrug” your girlfriend answers. “I mostly make up my own patterns, but this one looked cute, so I thought I would give it a whirl.”
“That is really great! I wish I could do something like that. Bet that will take a while.” Becky says.
“Oh not really, if I don’t finish this today, I will have it done before next week’s Chemo.”
“That would be amazing, you will have to bring it so I can see it! Hey Kelly, I am due back same time next week right?” She asks laughing, knowing the answer is of course yes. “What about you B? Are you due back same time next week?” she asks you.
“It would seem so” you answer, laughing yourself. Something cuts you off though, a tightening in your throat. It would seem that this time things are different. Your girlfriend drops her knitting and gets the nurse over there. Codes are called, the room moving into a flurry of activity. Mere moments, that seem to last an eternity there is a room full of staff, and they are pumping you full of antihistamines. Your veins feel like ice, the room feels too hot to breathe.

Let me know what you think in the comments below! I love to hear from you!

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Currently – In My Life

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I have some exciting things going on in my life these days! I just had to share with you all. I am looking at finally delving into the work that I have been moving towards for several years now! And I can’t wait to see how it goes!
What is more, I have been taking some great online classes trying to get some certifications. I just finished up the Personal Branding course last week and have several more that I am hard at work on (check out my LinkedIn to see my certificates). If you have not heard of Coursera, I totally suggest you check it out! It is a great resource.

 

What about you? Is life moving in a direction you want? If not, what are some easy steps you can take to move it towards your goals?!? Share with me, as always I LOVE to interact with you all!

That Like Button

Has Facebook ruined social media of any form? I have a blog to interact with people… Yet no matter what I try to interact with my readers, it would seem that even here, a place full of writers, we don’t take the time to comment… Instead we just click on the little like button…  It makes me wonder about other things as well. I recently watched a video online that I really thought was very inspiring and thought provoking… I will share it with you here:

 

So what do you think? Do we spend too much time on our electronics?  Do we spend all our time with short cuts, not writing things out?  Looking at posts and thinking TLDR?  What are your thoughts?

Long Awaited Update

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Hey all, oh man has it been a while! Well, not as long as it has been in the past, but long enough. So what has happened since my last posting… wow, I have a lot to tell you! So without further ado… well… I will take a page out of my favorite book/movie: (And I wrote this post before I realized I would be posting about my Valentine’s day!)  

Let’s see, I left off way back in the beginning of November. I really did have every intention of sharing with you my NaNoWriMo journey, which I of course did win by the way! (insert image of NaNo win here!) During NaNo, however, I ended up having some things go down, so I did not have the same amount of time on my hands! At some point, I think in the end of October my roommates left. (I hope life is still treating them well!) And at the beginning of November I helped someone I love very much move and have been spending most of my winter with him. (Well, my car is a heap of junk and until I can get a new one, driving in the winter is not always my favorite pastime.)

Outside of that I have signed up for a Creative Writing Course, that I hope to get a certificate in! Along with a few other courses that should really help me, not only with my writing career, but also my Life Coaching and Virtual Assistant type work. So overall, I am of course as busy as ever, and actually loving life!

Goals for the year: I chose a word for my year, and this year is Balance.

Well, I used the yearly book created by Susannah Conway, I really love it! If you have not seen it before I highly recommend checking it out! You can find the article for this years book here.

Well, I do believe that will wrap things up nicely! I hope that the new year is treating you well and I will be back soon! How about you? Do you do any kind of yearly review? Monthly? Weekly? What tools do you use? Are you working on bettering yourself in the new year? Do you have any goals? I want to hear from you!

Valentine’s Day 2016

IMG_20160214_154952488Hey all, I totally have a wonderful update for you, but I will send that out later, as today is Valentine’s Day and I want to share what a marvelous day I had!

I brought you a special present.

A book?

Does it got any sports in it?
Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, True Love, miracles…
Doesn’t sound too bad. I’ll try and stay awake.

Well, for all of you who know what that is from, you will love what comes next!  I started off on the first of February, giving him a countdown with little notes and some gifts for each day! Although he said the finale was the best!

We then worked together on presenting this special meal! He has such beautiful writing that he did all the little placecards for our meal. We worked together on creating our perfect meal and it was so much fun!  Then, we sat down and enjoyed watching the movie while we ate!  It was the best Valentine’s Day I have ever had!

 

I hope you enjoyed our Princess Bride Valentine’s Day extravaganza!!!  How about you? Did you have a wonderful day? How do you celebrate?  Share with me what you did, I want to hear from you!​

Not Forgotten!

fairymeMy dear, marvelous readers, you have not been forgotten!  The end of summer has just left me with a lot on my plate, but I did promise you that I have a very exciting idea coming up!  And I really do!  More on that to be announced soon!

Also, I would love your help, I am currently in the works of planning some more wonderful ideas for your reading pleasure and I would like to add a weekly Vlog post… what is it that you would most like to see from me?!?  Everything is possible!  I hope to have some great content up soon!  Thanks ever so much for your patience!