My first blog post was 3 years ago today. I can’t believe everything that has happened in the past 3 years. And today, a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. I am sad for those who lost loved ones, for those who might never feel safe again because of what they experienced, to those who are impacted in any way. In a world where so many things can happen to us that we have no control over I am taking this opportunity to urge you to make your annual appointments, mammogram appointments and get anything checked that you’ve been wondering about. Take control of this one thing and make the appointment with your doctor that you know you need to make.
In the past 2-3 months I’ve had a colonoscopy, dermatology exam, bone scan, seen my breast surgeon, oncologist, radiologist, dentist, OB/GYN, general doctor, orthopedic surgeon, had several PT appointments and probably a few other doctor appointments that I’m not remembering right now. You don’t have an excuse to not make one appointment. I’m not allowing you to have an excuse.
Micah’s Pediatrician passed away recently. He was 46, a father to 6 kids, husband to a wife that loved him dearly, doctor to a ton of kids and someone that mothers (and probably fathers) could go to and get reassurance that they were doing a good job. I can’t believe how much this impacted me and I only saw him a few times a year in his office. He found out about 3 months before he died that he had a very rare cancer. He’d had some symptoms but ignored them, probably because he was super busy. His wife started a blog and wow, she have an amazing faith in God. So did Dr Collins.
I took over a project at work for someone who was going on leave. I wanted to ask why but didn’t dare because I actually have never met her in person so I had no clue what her leave could be for. I happened to find out she was going on leave for breast cancer. She’s 39 and a mother of 2. It’s a perfect coincidence and I’ve been able to share my story and offer support to her. I might never meet her in person, she lives in Boston! I don’t even know what she looks like! But we now have a bond because of cancer.
Life is weird and confusing and scary. And great! Tonight Bobby was helping Micah with some flash cards for school. Too cute! Helena turns 18 in 8 days. Wow! She’s a senior and we’re talking about college. My mom just got back from a long summer away from us. This is her 4th night home, Micah spent the night at her house on her 2nd night home and will again on her 5th night home. Court (my brother), Christine, Avery and Courtney are coming to visit for the first time since I’ve lived here. I received good news at all of my doctor appointments (except maybe the orthopedic dr but that’s not life threatening so I’m counting it as ok). We are living and enjoying our lives and dealing with the bumps in the road.