|Too far away but you get the point.|
As planned, we headed into NYC for the evening with G's parents and sister. We started off with evening mass...yes, we all went to church and it was pretty special. The decoration, the music, the spirituality- It was almost more than I could handle emotionally. We spent the night in NYC after a lovely meal and with great company. After a relaxing morning, we headed up north to my father and Anne's for a low key Christmas dinner. Anne's parents were up from Florida and a couple of their friends joined us as well. I didn't take many Christmas photos but Anne sent me this one of the four of us.
|Christmas Day Smiles.|
Christmas was followed up by a huge snowstorm that just about shut down the east coast. We slept in that morning and realized we better hurry if we wanted to get a ride in before the trails were all gone...The traction was perfect and G and I had a great ride in the woods that day.
|Stopping for a rest and a photo opportunity.|
The following day after the storm, my guy frantically shoveled the car out so I could make it to my radiation treatment (we don't want to miss any). That afternoon we met up with some friends for some sledding up at Rockwood- this has and always will be a prime place to go sledding because the hill is so steep and the view of the Hudson is fantastic. I was pretty tired from treatment and feeling a little fragile, so I opted to watch. G and I walked around amidst the sledders while the wind howled and tried to blow us off the hill. The wind was so strong that day that it almost blew all the snow off the top of the hill.
|G posing at the top of the hill.|
|Seeking shelter under a tree.|
The new year is almost here and of course the end of my radiation treatment is coming to an end. I was hoping to be finished by December 31st, but it turns out I have one more left on Monday. But that is ok, as I have to see Dr M anyway for a follow up.
Like many people, the end of the year is a time when we look back and reflect on where we have been. I started to remember back to last New Years and how I had no clue what would lie ahead for me. G moved in last February and shortly after that ( not even two months later) I was diagnosed with cancer. Frankly, that is as far as I went with this "looking back" on the year crap. So much of the last year is still very dark for me to think about. I can only look forward from here.
As you can imagine, I am anxious to start a new year. While much of the effects of my treatments will linger, G continues to remind me that I have come a long way since May. I continue to try and stay in the moment, but there is some level of anticipation of what this new year will bring. All I really wish for is to be healthy and cancer free. A pretty simple wish for most people, as we take for granted our health- but this year that is all I hope for.
Thank you for reading and stay tuned for what might happen in 2011!