Laurie’s Story

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Journal entry by laurie adami

I had an amazing exercise week last week. I walked 97,556 steps, 40.30 miles and climbed 217 flights of stairs (see summary below). I hiked Temescal Canyon, Briar Summit, Franklin Canyon, Nichols Canyon, Fryman Canyon and Mt Loew up to Echo Mountain (see photo).

Yesterday morning starting the new week, I set out on another hike, climbing up Franklin Canyon. I passed a monstrous construction site at the top of the hill for a new estate (see photo) and I had just started my descent from the top when I slid, fell and twisted my right foot badly. I was 4 miles from my car and hobbled my way back.

Today, I went for an X-ray and sadly, the big toe on my right foot is broken. Nothing but time passing can be done but I was given a walking boot which makes things much better and less painful. In the absence of not being able to hike, I will figure out other cardio exercises. Thankfully toes heal very quickly so I won’t be hobbled for long. Good reminder that I need to honor my tortoise self and not go too fast thru life.

I was onboarded at UCLA as a Bedside Buddy on Friday and will start my volunteering with patients on the hematology/oncology transplant floor at the main hospital next week. I have a uniform and a badge to wear when I work. I am so looking forward to helping. 

I turned 60 last week but I think my CAR-T cells are a magic potion that have me aging backwards now. I certainly don’t feel that number, neither physically nor mentally.

Heading out shortly to pick Gus up at the airport. He will be with us til Sunday. We are spending Thanksgiving with Hailey’s (Gus’ girlfriend) family very nearby. And I am grateful with my foot incident that I won’t spend hours in the kitchen on my feet!

Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels if you are on the road.

love, laurie
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