"Let's kick cancer's booty and take some names."
LORD, after this suffering, let it be said that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, make my Savior clear to all those around me. Because of my suffering and willing perseverance, cause others to be encouraged to speak the Word of God more courageously and fearlessly.
(Phillippians 1:12-14)

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

43 Things

I came across a website today called 43 Things. It's a site where you can list your goals and get some help in keeping them and staying on track.

On 1 part of the website they have a list of things that you can check as "I want to do this" or "I've done this." Shave my legs was on the list.

Guess what? I GOT TO SHAVE MY LEGS TODAY!!

Since losing my hair with the chemo, I haven't had to shave my legs in several months. I've never been so happy to shave in my life. Never again will I complain about having to do it. It was a pleasure. I promise you, tears came to my eyes when I saw and felt the hair on my legs last night. I was thrilled to see it.

You see, when you go through chemo and then you're done with it, you hope and expect that your hair will grow back very soon. My last chemo was December 28th. I hoped that by December 29th I would see hair growing back, get my energy back and be back to normal.

Guess what? It ain't happenin' like that.

So, here it is, February 13th and I got to shave. Finally. And I can see very little by little my hair growing back on my head. It's definitely not growing as fast as I'd like, but it's growing. And that makes me smile.

My sweet friend, Denise, is going through chemo for the 2nd time in her life. The 1st time was 10 years ago. She came over this past Monday and I shaved her head for her. She took it much better than I did. I wanted to cry for her. I remember that feeling, how horrible it was and how much I hated losing my hair. Vain? Maybe. But it was painful and it hurt my feelings to lose it.

And I couldn't be happier that it's coming back.

So what are my 43 things? Not sure. But on today's list was "shave my legs". And it made me smile. -