It is very cold for Arizona right now--you who live anywhere but here would probably laugh at how cold we've been...but it's all relative, right?! Remember we have summers where it reaches 115--so 40 is cold to us! (Tonight we are supposed to go below freezing).
Today I went to the cancer center, and I just want to say again how much I respect and love the people who work there. They are just the best--so encouraging, so positive, so supportive. You couldn't ask for anything better. I have tried to work out this week, so I can be physically strong for next week. The work out center is not a very big room--has some different equipment, but what makes it special are the two fabulous people who work with all us patients. And what is even more amazing are the people who come in there to work out. They are in various stages--some still with cancer, some long-time survivors of cancer, but all who want to improve their lives...and do as much as they can to conquer the big C. (that ugly word that we all hate--cancer). There was a lady in there today, who had her last chemo in January. She was a larger woman, but had determined that she would really get into an exercise routine. She exercises 3-4 times a week for 1 1/2- 2 hours a time. It is so inspiring to be in that place, because these people are fighters, and are determined to fight this nasty disease. I love being in there and watching them. There was a much older man, who had tubes connected to him--he was just working on standing up and sitting down--to watch his determination at a task that would be so easy for most of us, was also inspiring. I was just sad that I hadn't brought my daughter, Emily, who is visiting, to see what goes on there.
Then I went to get my PICC line changed (I do that every week), and the lady in there was great also. She was very concerned about my surgery, but wanted to encourage me to get moving as fast as possible...even if it caused me great pain. She told me that I should drink champagne before I went in to the hospital. When I told her I didn't drink, she told me she would drink champagne FOR me!! I love the way all these different people show love and support--with so many people cheering me on, I will make it through this next challenge!