|Balmy Minnesota attire|
My operation was on Tuesday and we were scheduled to fly to Florida on Friday to go on a cruise with our family. We were probably a little crazy to plan a trip so soon after my surgery but it was a leap of faith. In retrospect it all turned out well. All of this is going to me make me more compassionate to my patients in the future when I treat them. It turns out that getting your mouth cut isn't that comfortable. Nothing engenders compassion better than personal experience. After the surgery I was somewhat swollen for the next few weeks and I had to be careful when I was eating so that food wouldn't push on the surgical site but overall the recovery wasn't too bad. Gratefully eating isn't that big of a part of taking a cruise. :)
|Beach at St. Thomas|
|Drowning in a life jacket|
|Epcot at night|
|Disney at Christmas.|
Apparently we weren't the only ones with this idea
Finally on Saturday it was time to return to real life. It's hard to go from 70 degrees and sun to snow and 20 degrees but it had to be done. We came home to shoveled driveways thanks to our wonderful neighbors and a nice warm home. So nice to sleep in our own bed again. And, even with all the fancy food of a cruise ship somehow what you make in your own kitchen just tastes better.
|Holding my nephew,|
Finally someone with my same hairstyle
Among other things cancer has taught me:
- Trust in the Lord and He won't disappoint you. He may not take away your trials but He will walk with you through them. Having Him by my side has meant everything to me.
- The blessing of family in times of trial. I have felt help from people from the other side of the veil, especially my mother. My children have lifted me (literally at times) when I couldn't lift myself. I can't even express what JoLynne has meant to me. I have come to look upon her as my guardian angel. Words can't express what I feel.
- The true meaning of charity. I have seen such amazing kindness and caring by those around me
- Why the Holy Ghost is called the "comforter" and what that really means.
- The power of the Temple in bringing peace and helping us to find answers to our questions.
- The power of faith, especially on the part of people who care about you and priesthood blessings to bring about miracles.
- What really matter in life. Things that seemed so important to me before seem less so now. I appreciate a sunrise more, looking at my grand daughter or holding her while she falls asleep are pretty high on my list now.
|Sunset over Disney|
We are so grateful for each day and for friends and family who love and support us. Thank you!