Friday, April 24, 2009

Celebrate

Today was a momentous day. I finished the radiation, and the staff marched me out the door to the sound of 'Pomp and Circumstance'. It felt great to be done. So great. I stopped to look back at the building before getting into my car. I remembered how much I dreaded entering that building the first day. A rough calculation shows that I have been there 120 times in a six month period. Somewhere along the line, I got over dreading it. Now I don't have to return until May 29th. Seems incredible. I celebrated with a $4. cup of cappuccino.

Today was warm, and in the 70s. 23 degrees for you Celcius folks. I can say it now. I was a little worried about going back to work. I wondered if I'd be able to handle my strenuous job. Today I worked in the sun, and I worked hard. I carried my back pack sprayer for four hours. I walked and walked and walked. My body met the challenge. I did four treatments, and two of them were major operations. I've got to get another pedometer (the last one went through the stinking washer...). I know I walked at least four miles, part of it through heavy underbrush. I'm tired but triumphant. I can do this!

Tim's birthday was Tuesday. Since he works second shift and I work first shift, we decided to celebrate this weekend. So today I stopped and bought Tim's birthday presents. A special birthday card too. We've been through a lot since his last birthday. It was a rocky beginning, but we both got our footing, and continued on. Seemed as if we should not only be celebrating his birthday, but us, the two of us as a couple, a marriage that withstood some major shocks this year.

I'm a woman who wears work boots and sturdy denim to work each day. Now that I have eyelashes again and can wear mascara, I happily get up and put on makeup each morning. This simple routine has made me feel like a woman again. That's worth celebrating too, so I went to the consignment shop and bought myself five tops, feminine airy tops. Three of them could be called 'sexy'. I spent $16.49 to celebrate the return of myself.

We've got a lot to celebrate, Tim and I. The end of cancer treatment. Both of us working again. I'm just as strong as ever. Our marriage is stronger than ever. He's turned 52. We are so very blessed. Tonight, when Tim gets home at midnight, his wife will still be awake. For the first time in a long time, there will be candles in the bedroom again. There will be gifts for him to open. There will be a card that tells him how lucky I am to have him. And we will celebrate.

23 comments:

Mrs. Spit said...

Hurrah!

Hurrah for ends, and new beginnings and the resilence to get through the middle.

Hurrah!

Indigo said...

What a delightful day for you! I can't imagine the joy of walking out of there for after the past 6 monhts.

Sounds like you did a great job today and have a wonderful surprise awaiting your husband when he gets home. Have a grand weekend dear friend. (Hugs)Indigo

Debby said...

Indigo: You know, I could not imagine the joy of walking out of there either, until I actually did it!

Mrs. Spit: Hurrah indeed!

Karen said...

That Pomp & Circumstance is great music, that's what they play at graduations. Today was graduation day for you. Congratulations!

Happy B-day to Tim. You have both had a remarkable year, may the coming year be less stressful.

Have a great celebration *wink *wink!

jeanie said...

Enjoy.

Daria said...

How wonderful! Do celebrate and enjoy life.

Lydia said...

I cannot tell you how happy I am for you. And I am SO grateful that you have a husband that you have made it with. You have been tested and approved, both of you.

Blessings to you both and happy birthday to Tim!

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Congratulations on finishing the treatment, a well deserved capo and shopping trip. Have a fantastic weekend :o)

Hal Johnson said...

Congratulations, Debby, and Happy Birthday to Tim.

Anonymous said...

And congrats again, Debby - out of school and into life!!! Happy birthday to Tim and happy endings to you both. Have a lovely weekend. Love Barb

Kelly said...

Congratulations, Debby! You made it!!!

Happy birthday to Tim.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you. Happy Birthday to Tim.

DavidM

Mary Paddock said...

Congrats Deb! And tell Tim Gary and I send our Birthday wishes!

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

How absolutely marvelous!! I could just picture you in front of a mirror donning mascara and one of those pretty tops with a wink & a smile! You go girl!! Happy Birthday to your husband...you both deserve a celebration!

Bush Babe said...

Happy Birthday Tim... hope your sexy wife didn't wear you out!!! You have certainly had quite a year - the kind that makes or breaks you. I'd say you two are 'made' now, wouldn't you?? Heh.
Hugs and *chink* of chardonnay/lemonade glasses.
:-)
BB

A Novel Woman said...

WHOO HOO!!!!

Lori said...

I'm glad you celebrated the last treatment by buying yourself something "sexy". You deserve to celebrate a big bunch after the year you've had. Have a wonderful weekend!

Laura Jane said...

BRILLIANT NEWS!!!!!!!

I hope you had a wonderful clelebration - I LIKE the sound of that mojo! What a great birthday present!

New Mary said...

Have a great weekend Debby and Tim!!! ;)

You have the honor of being the first person I've ever blogged to.

M+B said...

Congratulations! I hope the celebrations were wonderful :)

Roland said...

:D

quid said...

Celebrate... Debby!
You and Tim both deserve it.

quid

Debby said...

For everyone who missed it, I want to introduce New Mary. She is my friend Mary, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer again, three months after radiation. She has surgery on Wednesday. A big wooooo hooooo for Mary, please. And Mary? We're going to have a par-taaaaay. Ever had an Chocolate Oblivion Truffle Torte?