Monday, January 12, 2009

Gee, where does the time go?

Life is good.

The week before Christmas 2007 was my last radiation treatment. The week before Christmas 2008, my blood counts were finally normal and I took my last antibiotic, which ended all chemical treatment. I also had a terrific follow up MRI of my brain but I will continue to see my Oncologist for follow up and MRIs every 2 months.
I'm getting back to normal, whatever that is. I just have to remember what to do with myself.

In Physical Therapy I've worked hard for over fifteen months and have almost reached my maximum potential. Then I have to find a gym for maintenance. (eeek!) In a way, I am in better shape than I have been for a very, very long time. Balance. Strength. Stamina. Cardiovascular status. I'm stiff and creaky in the mornings or when I've been sitting, but when I get warmed up . . .

  • Do sit ups, press ups, and stand ups(without holding on to something)
  • Stand without a cane near a corner and kick a ball with my therapist, changing feet and aiming like a soccer star
  • Catch and throw! Fast! While maintaining eye contact with my therapist!
  • Pull 8 lbs of weights in three different directions
  • Walk an average of 14 minutes on the treadmill
  • Walk backwards
  • Stand on my feet or shop in a store up to an hour without collapsing
  • Load my scooter in and out of my car by myself, even on a windy day in the cold (a HUGE goal)

Everybody wishes folks a "happy and healthy New Year". Yeah yeah yeah.

I hope you tackle something you've been wanting to, but never thought you could.

No matter how small it seems.