Thanksgiving. A day off of work for most. A day to spend with family, watch football and eat, eat eat.
Every family has their own tradition. Doug and I go out to eat with his Dad and Uncle at the Perry Hotel, they put on a fantastic buffet and it is well known in the area for its food.
As I was eating the turkey and roast beef tonight I couldn't help but think what I am thankful for. When I was diagnosed two years ago I had to give up alot in order to stay well. I had to stop working at the serving job I had, not only could I not lift any trays because of the operation I had, the doctors told me I couldn't be there because of my low white blood cell count. Being around a lot of people who potentially had colds wouldn't be good for my health, white blood cells fight infection, and mine being low I probably would have gotten really sick, like cancer wasn't enough of being sick right? Luckily, as they say here in Northern Michigan a view of the Bay is half your pay, so like most people I had two jobs. I was still able to work at the radio station.
There was a lot of food I couldn't eat. I was advised not to eat fresh veggies during treatment, because they may not be washed properly. You never really realize what you enjoy until you aren't able to have it. I thought I really would kill someone for a big salad!!! Some food I couldn't eat just because it was too hard on me, like anything acidic. Tell that to someone whose mom makes awesome italian food!!! Tomatoes were off the list for a while. Funny that I can still talk about food after stuffing my face today at the buffet.
I still worked but I was basically a hermit for a year. For someone like me, not really a social butterfly, but I like being out with people, going out, hanging with friends. It was work, doctor visits, home,sleep, eat, sleep, repeat. Thank goodness that is over with.
I recently got the all clear from my oncologist. Blood tests look good, mammography was normal. See you in six months he said. Got the same news from the radiologist, I don't need to see him until next year. Hoping for a hat trick when I see my surgeon on Tuesday.
I am thankful for a lot of things, friends, family, all the people who have helped me through this, whether you realized it or not, thank you.