Thursday, June 30, 2011

Real Age vs Chemo Age vs Wii Sports Age

First my real age is 34. I am glad for all my 34 years. I often have problems with people thinking I am younger than I am. Even when I was chemo sick and bald wearing a scarf, which I thought made me look older.

I was talking with my husband about how every year of chemotherapy treatments ages you 10 years. Here is one article about it. We were discussing how my chemo age is now 54 and since women live longer than men, my husband and I might die around the same time. Maybe at this moment you are thinking "Wow - fun times at their house." On Tuesday the other YW leaders and I were chatting about this and I said, "I have become a cougar in the course of my marriage. My husband married a young wife who is now much older than him." He does not seem to mind.

My kids heard the age discussion and suggested we try the Wii sports age test. I thought I would get a much older age, as I rarely play the Wii, I have a bad arm, I am old, I am easily distracted and so on. I did poorly on most of the skills tests, but very well on the bowling section (my nephew who thinks he is the undisputed champion will have to watch out). My Wii sports age is also 54. Now I am a believer in the validity of that test. So my new course of action is to stop seeing my doctor and just keep taking that test until I can get my Wii sports age down to 34 or whatever actual age I happen to be at the time. I think it will really work out well, or not.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A New Look

There is a saying about "What Cancer Cannot Do." Having been through chemotherapy twice I thought I had seen every interpretation possible of it. My mom's relative linked me to a new one. I like this one and made me think of this familiar saying in a new way. I thought I would share a slightly altered version of what she posted.

Cancer is so limited.
Nay, in all these things we more than conquerors through Him that loved us.

It cannot cripple love, it cannot alter hope.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities,

It cannot corrode faith, it cannot destroy peace,
nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

It cannot kill friendship, it cannot suppress memories,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature,

It cannot silence courage, it cannot invade the soul.
shall be able to separate us from the love of God

It cannot steal eternal life, it cannot conquer the spirit.
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:37-39

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Moments That Matter Most

It was nice of the church to make a new Mormon Message video that goes along with what I have been feeling this week and especially today. As anyone who has lost someone close knows those moments distill sweeter with the passage of time.

This morning I heard "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and it reminded me of when Rachel and I drove to the airport to drop off my mom. As we were traveling the twisty mountain road we heard this song and Rachel said, "Did you burn a cd with party music on it." I told her, "No, radio stations are just that awesome around here." Then we just sang along with the windows down, and Rachel asking me what the abbreviations on the road signs meant. We went through three counties to get to the airport.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

My Mental Health Professional

A few months ago I was tired of being tired. Baby was still not sleeping through the night and my husband was incredibly busy at work. Right after chemo I would walk oh so slowly with different friends a few times a week. When it was too cold, which it often was, I would walk on the treadmill. Then I did a modified Couch to 5k program on it the last 9 weeks of school. On alternate days I would still walk either at baseball games/practice or with friends. It helped me deal with the stress and I think it helped me face the day with more energy. Also it is something good for my body, which I so appreciate (my body that is).

You can see a few things in the picture. I lost my mp3 player so my husband gave me his. I would exercise when Baby would take a nap, instead of do the laundry or the other thousand things I could of done. I put her baby monitor on the treadmill and she slept through almost every time I exercised. L's comment one time when she saw me after I exercised was, "I thought only lumberjacks sweat that much!" Where she is seeing sweaty lumberjacks I do not know. I also would never wear a scarf while exercising. I like to think it helped my hair grow back thicker.

I am still tired but it not as bad as it was before and I know that it will get better.