As I last posted, I am now in the queue for surgery. FINALLYYYY! :)
This waiting business keeps me on pins and needles. My nerves have been a jumbled mess! Seems it's emotionally trying to do what you would otherwise think would be easy in comparison to other stuff I have encountered this year.
Normally I'm at home during the week, and if I were sitting around expecting a phone call, it would never come. Well, I hadn't mentioned it earlier because I wasn't 100% sure I would be able to attend (if my surgery had been this week afterall) but yesterday I got to go to a recording of the Ellen DeGeneres Show!!! :D My mommy-in-law, Violet, scored tickets for us earlier this month!
Through my chemo especially, I found myself making it a point to watch Ellen everyday. I noticed how positive she is, her show is, and how watching brought a little more sunshine into my days. There's so much dreadful gloomy junk on TV and I already had enough heaviness going on in my life. And let's face it, who needs more of that? So her show has especially become my little dose of funny throughout this.
Back to us having tickets! Yay! Haha, so Violet and Bre (my lovely sis-in-law) came by yesterday morning and we trekked up to Burbank to see us some Ellen! We got there by 11ish, so we were a wee bit early! Lol. Unable to check-in until 2pm. Ahh well! We went on foot to grab some lunch at a nearby eatery called The Smoke House Restaurant. It was an old place with actually, pretty tasty foodstuffs! We shared a piece of Boston cream pie for dessert and it was beyond amazing!
Once we got back to wait to be checked in we were each given a survey to fill out. One of the questions asked whether you were or knew a breast cancer survivor. Talk about irony! :) And something truly touching happened while I was filling out mine...
Another woman waiting to be in the audience came up to me and introduced herself. She wanted to wish me well and said, "I just wanted to let you know you're not alone. That you will get through this. Someday you'll be able to give someone else going through it encouragement too and continue the sisterhood". To which I said, "I plan on it!", and her reply was, "you will".
That woman was a survivor herself. She beat cancer in 2009. Love that!! I do intend to do all I can to help breast cancer patients (and cancer patients in general) once I have beat it. Not sure how yet, but I'll figure it out! The Lord will clear the details up for me in time.
So, after waiting and some more waiting, we were seated in the studio. But then we were encouraged to dance, dance and dance some more! Lol! It was so much fun! We were also encouraged to take photos of ourselves being there before turning off our phones.
|Woohoo!!! Ellen time!|
Before even going, I promised Jason I would do the charleston. Bre and I made a pact to dance like total goober white girls on national television. And we totally did. I have it DVR'd and need to see if any of our awesome moves wound up on screen. It was another really fun and enjoyable outing for me. Those are all the more treasured by me these days!
After seeing Ellen in person, I respect and admire her even more than I did. Such a genuine and caring person. Hope to go back and see her show live again some time in the future. :)
Sooo, today I am grateful for funny people! Because laughter is a powerful tool to help others too.
Now we'll get back to my millions of phone calls while I was out. Haha, okay, a million might be slightly exaggerated. But just slightly. ;)
The blood work I had done was checked by my primary care physician. She found my WBC to be a little high, so she wanted me to be retested. Spooky, because that could mean my immune system is fighting something. Alternative reasoning could be that I was really stressed. I'm praying/hoping it's the second option. I had my redraw today so we should find out in a few days.
That's all I got for now folks, enjoy the rest of your week! I hope it's a pleasant one for you!
God bless and just keep swimming!
"I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken." Psalm 16:8