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Will Travel :: ‘Tis the Season to be Jolly’

…and Girls – they want to have fun, Oh girls just want to have fun – Cyndi Lauper


We interrupt the series of lectures about sugar, and bring you how to have fun with cancer during Christmas, at least my version.  The recipe is easy, not simple to achieve, but it’s my moment to:

  1. Feel great;
  2. Stay in denial about how my blood markers are rising and I just had a PETscan that will reveal whether or not the cancer’s returned because of said blood markers (this could be from other things besides cancer, but probably isn’t);
  3. Continue denial about radiation treatments, as in what radiation treatments? Oh, that place I go everyday?  Pish posh, and;
  4. Possibly postpone doctor’s visit on 12/30 who will give me results of said PETscan which could conceivably bum me out on New Year’s. I figure if it’s really bad or really good, he should call me.  If he doesn’t, it’s not important enough to interrupt my having fun.

So, feeling great as I do, despite my reservations to the contrary, I decided to enjoy this Christmas season!!  In the midst of radiation treatments, I found myself doing the Christmas shopping thing instead of the grab first appropriate looking gift card at the end of the checkout line at the supermarket, and getting into the hustle and bustle.

I ordered gorgeous hand-made presents from my friend, Judy, including holiday cards for myself, and even though they cost a fortune to mail, I enjoyed sending every one.  If you didn’t get one from me, I’m sorry, I’ll do better next year.  I surprised myself with my willingness to partake in the holiday spirit.  And it came a little late, but as they say, better late than never.  All of sudden, I just felt G.R.E.A.T.  Not just good, but great.  High energy, expectations, the whole nine yards.

Then there was the wrapping and sorting and the logistics of actually remembering to bring the right gifts to the appropriate person at the appropriate time.  Which brings me to the real fun part–lunches and dinners and parties!!

christmaspartyFirst there was my first Christmas present, a treat to dinner by friend Barbara, then the annual Christmas dinner get together which morphed into a luncheon, then a lunch with my friend visiting from North Carolina, then there was not one, but two Christmas Eve parties which I attended BOTH, driving in the worst fog I’ve ever encountered, and then Christmas Day where I always go to my niece-in-law’s (I’m not sure that’s technically accurate, but it seems close enough)…if she’s the cousin to my daughter-in-law, what does that make her??  My niece-in-law, and I’m sticking to it..ha!  Anyway, my co-grandmother Bonnie and her husband Frank were there from North Carolina, as was my son and grandkids so it was great fun to have this side of the family all in one place!  This is a group who likes to have fun, so I hold them close!

Oh, just got invited to another party, this time on Saturday, oh, goodie!!!  The only missing link is I didn’t see my daughter this Christmas but I will see her in the spring as I plan to visit her in Colorado either for my birthday or hers.

What a difference a year makes.  Last Christmas, although I functioned I was bald and emaciated and somewhat weak, my daughter was here and we had a nice visit, although she had a broken arm we did manage to party with my in-laws on Christmas Day and they loved seeing each other!

Interestingly though, funster that I am, I never got into New Year’s Eve, so I don’t have any plans for that and that is A-OK with me.  I might be partied out by then, unlikely as it seems.

Hope you had a wonderful holiday, whichever one you celebrate.  Party on!