Last week my Diner Kids and I celebrated Valentine’s Day with a Super Hero Day. We came in cloaked in our super hero tees ready to take on the role of a super hero for the day. Each person received a detailed character sketch of their new persona and within minutes we all snapped into our new roles. The day was filled with super powers, teamwork, and many humorous and fun moments. Our goal, to solve a mystery before all of our super powers were taken from us.
Spin ahead to today. Mike and I traveled to Indianapolis to check in with one of my incredible doctors. This time, my medical oncologist was our destination. He is that guy that makes sure the medicine I am taking to prevent Miss C from coming back on the scene is indeed doing its job. When I met him during radiation week I was full of questions and he addressed all of them. He is what I would coin old school, but believe me I love that about him. Dr. H. is a straight shot and very direct in his approach. Today was exactly what I had hoped for. We kicked it off with drawing blood. I know, why am I giving you so much detail, hang with me for a moment. When I was a child no one ever drew my blood. Doctors truly made decisions by looking at me. I was an average kid with average illnesses and average results. When I became an adult I met a doctor that drew my blood and told me what was happening “inside” of me. Yep, he stole my heart and I knew right then that if a doctor didn’t do that, then they weren’t the doctor for me.
With all of that said, the reason I travel all the way to Indianapolis for every appointment is because my doctors. not only take my blood, but also immediately analyze it. I knew before I leave each appointment how I am doing. Today I know that my platelets are up (they were down just one month ago) and my blood counts are great. What I also know is that I am doing great on my Tamoxifen journey. I honestly felt like I was talking to a close friend as I found Dr. H. finishing my sentences and chuckling with me as we discussed the night sweats, energy levels, and how much my body has been through. Another milestone was made.
So what does all of this have to do with my classroom Super Hero Day? I realized today that I have been on an incredible journey that in reality was like my classroom Super Hero Day. In May of last year I was diagnosed with cancer. When that happened we all took on our new roles. Yes, when I say “all” I am talking about all of you out there either in my Internet world and/or in my personal world. You all chose your super powers and each of you have been there for me in so many amazing ways. Those closest to me know that my role became very succinct, I can do this and I needed the super powers of grace and dignity to get me through. I feel like my super powers continue to hold steady and they are a part of my everyday moments now. I take very little for granted and I value even the simplest of things.
I want to thank all of you for using your super powers to push me forward and make my journey so much softer and brighter. Thank you.
As I lay my head on my pillow tonight I am going to think about each of you and the doctors that have mended me along the way. I am going to continue my quest to bring to the table what I have to offer. I am going to remind my Diner Kids of the value of a caring heart, a hard work ethic, and help them to find what they have to offer in the world with their super powers.
My cancer journey is far from over, but today I am reminded that Life is Good.