Here at my house I have a teeny, tiny home office. I do mean tiny. My desk measures 31" across.
But it works for me and I kind of love my little cubby.
However, back in March when I was diagnosed, my 31 inches quickly became buried in cancer-related paperwork.
Tons of paperwork.
On the desk.
On the chair.
On the bed that occupies the other 3/4ths of this room.
This former tiny haven of mine became Ground Zero almost over night. The calendar stayed frozen on the March page. My voice mail light blinked continuously: 21 messages accumulated. Nia aged way beyond the pictures of her on the walls in this room...
But today I took my office back.
You see, I'm officially done with chemo. I can't say it enough. This is officially the longest I've gone without a treatment since March and I feel GREAT! I have energy, I have focus, I have drive! Today I took back my office and actually did work at my desk.
I flipped my calendar to September (6 months!). I collected those voice mails. I sorted through 245 un-read emails and made a to-do list that I feel can actually be accomplished (granted, these emails had only accumulated since the day I left for Tahoe last week, but still, I deserve a gold star for tackling them all in one go!). I picked up the phone and made a couple of work-related calls. I paid bills, dammit. I was on fire!
And then 2p rolled around & it was time to pick up Nia from school.
Let me repeat that: Time. To. Pick. Up. Nia. From. School.
See that's another thing that changed during these last six months: My little one grew up and became school-age. So off she went this morning to preschool, scared but excited, too (just like her mama):
And then I collected her and we walked to the grocery store and cooked a celebration meal together. (See? I wasn't joking about this pre-cancer-like surge of energy!)
Nia chose the menu and helped to make everything: Broccoli & Cheddar Soup with Salad & Bread, Strawberry Shortcake with Whipped Cream, and Sparkling Apple Cider.
Hooray for family milestones big (hers) and small (mine)!