I can't believe a month has passed since I last wrote here.
I didn't mean for so much time to pass. In case anyone was worried -- don't be. I'm fine.
In fact, part of the reason I haven't been round here much lately is because I'm doing so well!
First and foremost, I passed a significant milestone: Aug. 8 marked one year since I finished the Taxol & FEC chemo treatments. When I had the mastectomy 6 weeks later, there was no evidence of cancer found. A 7cm lump vanished! And so I count that last big chemo treatment has my no-more-cancerversary. (Note, I did continue the Herceptin for 8 more months after that -- and I'm only now realizing that those 8 months were nothing to sneeze at!)
As many of you know, I worked the whole time I was in cancer treatment (to varying degrees) at my work-from-home job as a conference producer. It is only now that I am feeling better that I am able to see how diminished I truly was!
I plan to go more into my thoughts re working during treatments but now that I'm feeling good -- primarily, like I have control of my brain again! -- there has been a lot of catching up to do! Last week I traveled to my first post-cancer conference -- man, was it good to be back! This was my first time traveling without my little entourage, too: Joe & Nia stayed behind. It was wonderful to be there fully immersed in my work (and not torn by parenting concerns or distracted by feeling sick). It felt so... normal.
Another reason I have been away from the blog is that I've been busy tackling some of the lingering effects of the chemo, namely the chemo-induced hopefully temporary menopause. I plan to write about this soon, but it is extremely personal and while I haven't shyed away from personal topics (remember this?), I'm finding this one to be hard to write about. But I have been sitting down with pen and paper and working it out. After all, it is via writing that I do much of my processing...
And finally, we've been busy enjoying the last days of summer before school begins. Nia heads off to Kindergarten on the 4th of September... and she is very excited (phew!). More to come on this as we embark on a new chapter in our lives.
All in all, life is really full and busy and wonderful! I'll be back soon with a full-fledged post. Thank you all for your inquires and support. As always I am so thankful!