~ one year on the good side! ūüéČ

It is almost two years since this health adventure began, which seems long ago and yet feels like yesterday. This year has been filled with memories on anniversary dates of the things that I have experienced. Today being a very important one. Last year on this date my doctor called to give me the results of the PET scan and the news was great, I was in remission!!! So this anniversary is meaningful as the first year is an important one to get through. 

So thankful for sparkle shields!!!  ✨✨✨

I still believe in the power of sparkles! I think I always will. It may be silly to some and seem like I am covering up how I truly feel. To each their own. Since I still have a scar tissue mass in my chest that I feel every day, I continue to visualize it encased in sparkles to keep it contained. Whatever it takes to put my mind at ease. 

Now to get on¬†with life! To find the answer to the nagging question in my head…what do I want to be when I grow up? That is a tough question. Since the socially¬†acceptable norms have never added joy to my life this may be interesting and take Vodka and I to new places. We will see what I¬†discover¬†that appeals to the new normal me. ¬†ūüėČ

Still sparkling…one day at a time ¬† ūüėÉ

~ a life celebrated in style…

Last week I attended a true Celebration of Life for a lovely man named Carl. A man who¬†lived life to the fullest every day. Inspiringly courageous through the most¬†difficult of journeys. From seeing the number of¬†people¬†in¬†attendance to hearing the fond memories and stories from his family¬†and friends, there is no doubt that he touched many people’s lives.

This day was special and spoke volumes about the kind of man Carl was. From the personal stories, photos and the family video footage you could see that he found joy in the little things and injected positive energy into every thing he did. It felt right to enjoy music played by local bands and to share laughs over cocktails on this day. Just the way Carl wanted his life to be celebrated. With pyrotechnics and all. 

I was introduced to his¬†lovely wife, who had heard a lot about me¬†throughout¬†this journey. She looked into my eyes and said ‘I prayed for you everyday.’ My eyes filled with tears and I was¬†speechless. Kindness is¬†beautiful.¬†

These life events tend to make people think. They bring up a mixture of¬†feelings¬†that many¬†don’t want to address. Yet if you look at it¬†this way, it is easier¬†to make decisions¬†when you choose to rather than when you are forced to.¬†Something to think¬†about. You will be glad you did.¬†

It may seem strange to attend the memorial celebration for someone whom I had not met, yet I came away from this day feeling that I knew Carl. I am just sorry I had not taken the opportunity to meet him when I had the chance. 

I sparkle on…one day at a time ¬†¬†