I was greeted this morning with a visit from J and Jeremy today. I feel like I haven't seen J in weeks, but he kindly reminded me that it's only been a few days. I suppose a day without my son seems longer that it really is. Nonetheless, it was great seeing him, braces-free, and his dad. We talked and took a few laps around the unit to give Jeremy the grand tour of my stay-cation resort.
Soon after, my mom arrived, all by herself. I point that out because she is not one to hop on the expressway, unless she absolutely has to or her daughter is stuck in Detroit in a hospital! I'm proud of her and am blessed she was able to make it to see me today. Jeremy and J left and then Barb showed up from Be The Match. I was so happy to see her and so was my mom. My family has known Barb for 10 years when I was first diagnosed with cancer and she has not only been a great support, but a close friend and now part of my family. She helped me coordinate my first bone marrow drives when I began looking for a donor and we were able to add many donors to help save other lives. She wants a cure for me just as badly as my family does.
You know, part of me is really missing the outside world. I miss driving my own car, running up to Target, going out to eat and actually tasting food and enjoying the flavor. I miss my cat, Saber, and his annoying meow at 5 am when he has decided it's time for breakfast. I miss the feel of the sun on my skin and going to Tiger's games and especially Lion's games, now that football is back! There is nothing I love more than going to live sporting events. I even miss walking for more than 10 minutes without having to sit and take a break. This whole "patient" thing is not me, but it is now. Accepting illness is a hard pill to swallow, but the hope that I hold sacred will continue to save me through this time because, in all actuality, this is just the beginning. The road to a full recovery is a long one. A year, minimum, is not far fetched at all when it comes to getting back to "normal."
This experience will not go down in vain. Somehow, people will be touched as I begin to share my story with everyone, not just friends and family. I always say, "GO BIG OR GO HOME." Eventually, I'm going HUGE.