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August
18
2018

There's no place like home !!!

"What I've learned..... Cancer teaches us that living is a verb.  It s an action word.  Living is seeing, doing, feeling, saying , touching, smelling , tasting.... It is climbing and it is occasionally falling.  It is not a waiting word.  Don't wait to live until you have accomplished a desired outcome - start right now !  Grab every minute of living out of each day.  If you do , you will realize that every day well-lived is like a miniature lifetime..."
     I have been home from Mayo Clinic for alittle over a month now !!!  It's amazing how quickly time flies... I am feeling stronger each week - I am so eager and anxious to feel " normal" again.... it's crazy how MUCH you miss " normal" when it's taken away from you.... Don't ever take your day to day routine for granted - embrace NORMAL ❤️
     As I am feeling better - I have been "tipping my toes in the water" at the salon and going in a few hours a few days a week... Mornings are good for me - by afternoon I'm am alittle fatigued, so I usually rest. I'm learning to follow my body's lead. 
     I will be returning to Mayo on Oct 2nd for another bone marrow biopsy ( 100 days from the Transplant) -that will determine if I am in remission or if the cancer is still hanging out.... I feel strong and confident- I truly feel the cancer is gone.... really the only two reminders I have of the multiple myeloma is the aches and pains in my back (the broken vertebrae are healing, but it's a long process) and when I look at myself in the mirror in the morning and I see my shiny bald head...the wigs are fine - but they are hot and heavy - but this too shall pass !!! 
     I want to thank all my family, friends and clients who continue to support Marty and I.  This past 10 months of our lives has been an up and down rollercoaster, but the constant support and prayers from so many people has helped us get through this journey... I'm looking forward to getting back into my " normal" life... it might be " a new normal" but that is OK - bring it on !!!  God Bless ❤️

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Comments

  • Louann Julius : We all should slow down & enjoy the simple things in life but employers & life in general makes it hard to do that but you are so inspirational!!!! Will try harder !! Always thinking about you & wishing you the very best🌻
    9/14/18
  • Monica Tietz : So thankful to hear things are going well. We are thinking about you and praying for you every day.
    8/27/18
  • Karin Freiwald : Attitude is everything isn't it!
    8/20/18
  • Nancy Meidinger : Carol, your attitude goes way beyond “normal”! Your advice is so refreshing and God bless you, Marty, and your family! Prayers for all of you!
    8/19/18
  • Twila Schmitt : You are a blessing!
    8/19/18
  • Kathy Asper : Thanks so much for posting an update! And yay for your continuing recovery. I'm sure your clients, and their hair, are happy to see you returning. Love you, sis.
    8/19/18
  • Rita Dula : Carol, you are so right on! What you are saying about "living every day and not waiting" and a "new normal is OK too" is so true. I am so glad to hear that you are feeling better and getting stronger each day, praise be to God! I think of you often and continue to hold you up in my prayers...and I just want to come tomorrow to give you a Big hug 😊 we love you Carol! 😊❤
    8/18/18
  • Lori Waba : Beautiful my dear friend! Continued prayers for you always, love you😘
    8/18/18
  • Katie Pederson : God Bless you Carol. You are a shining example to us all. So glad you continue to feel better. Continued Hugs and prayers
    8/18/18
  • Jan Small : Continued prayers and xoxoxo to you!
    8/18/18
  • Stacy Begalka : What a great post to read! Inspiration for all of us! It will be wonderful to see u soon! U do know after you posted this your phone will be blowing up!😀
    8/18/18