Just a quick one today…
#1 Radiation is OVER! Super thankful that I was able to get a daily appointment time at 8:10 AM so the impact to my kiddos was minimal. Super thankful that the side effects were minimal. Super thankful that those lovely green accessories on my legs can now be removed. Not super thankful that my quad and hamstring muscles didn't particularly like being radiated and they feel as if they've been fairly severely pulled. They say that it should get better "over time", but I'm actually in more pain now than I was before. Nothing two advil can't take care of, tho, so we're still good. Ahh…the joys of treatment. :)
#2 Zambia is ON! Long story, but I made a decision to go to Zambia. It's actually a cool story, but not one that fits into "this is a quick update" category. Suffice it say, it's not a "bucket-list" decision (I don't believe in bucket lists) nor is it a stick-your-head-in-the-sand-and-pretend-there-aren't-risks decision; rather, it's an obedience-to-God's-leading decision. So…I, and 4 others from my church, will be gone from 8/20-8/27. Other than the long travel times (JFK – Johannesburg, SA is 15 1/2 hours!), there's nothing about this trip that causes me any worry or concern or even the slightest furrowed brow feeling. On the flip side, I also don't have any expectations as to what I will experience or what God has for me to be a part of when I'm there. My biggest prayer is that this time away matters for eternity. Oh, and that I don't get yellow fever. That's also a prayer. Because getting yellow fever or meningitis or malaria or typhoid, well…that would just stink. :)
#3 Reprieve from Roswell for the rest of the summer. Because of being away, I actually have a 5 week break from Roswell! I don't return until 9/6 for scans and the 9/11 for my appointment with my oncologist to see what might be going on inside my body. This break feels glorious. And I will take it with open hands and a grateful heart. :)
[And, yes, if you've been counting…that's three smily faces in one email. Can you tell that I'm thrilled to be done with Roswell for a little bit?]
Enjoy the rest of your summer, my friends!