Hey there dear readers. I just took an unplanned blogging vacay. By unplanned vacay I mean I kinda sorta hit a major writer's block slash I kinda sorta forgot to even write anything on my blog slash I mostly just had my attention on more important things than my blogging rambles.
More important things like being home with my family, loving on my Dad the best I can through probably one of the greatest, most difficult trials of his life.
You can check out his blog for more on how he's doing. Not on the blog post though is the news that they have decided to delay radiation for this week in order to give his body some time to heal and recover. His face, mouth and throat are severely raw and he's in a lot of pain. Hopefully this short break will give him the strength he needs to get through the last 7 radiation treatments!
They have also decided to stop giving him chemo.
Since the chemo was an extreme precaution taken in the first place to rid him of any microscopic cells that may have remained after the surgery, the doctors feel, based on how well his body is responding to the treatment, there is no need to continue to torture him with the poison.
That is encouraging to my Dad because well, chemo sucks big time. And it's encouraging to me because that hopefully means this ugly cancer thing has packed up and moved out of my poor Dad's body.
Also while I was home, I soaked up a little bit of "sunshine" from this sweet girl.
That would be my cousin Kiersten. She is such a joy. I can't even begin to put into words how much I adore her. When we flew home, right after losing the baby last year, I asked my grandparents, who were driving out for my Dad's 50th birthday, to bring Kiersten because I just needed some Kiersten in my life. That's the kind of affect she has on me. She's just a breathe of fresh air when life is getting you down. So positive, so loving, so cheerful.
She's also a good reminder to try and live my life with her perspective and to love people the way she loves people. She greets people with the same enthusiasm every time.
Whether she's seeing you for the first time in ten years or whether she saw you that morning. Whether she's known you her whole life or whether she's meeting you for the first time. You can be guaranteed to be greeted with a smile and a great big "Hey guys!"
And don't even get me started on her sweet cuddles and spontaneous "I love yous". Melts. my. heart!
As nice as it is to be home, and as much as I am so incredibly grateful to be there, it's always bittersweet when Luis isn't with me. And it's always really great to come back to him; back to our life, to our routines, back to just being with my best friend.
There really are few better things in this world. And so, on that note, I'm wrapping up this long overdue update to enjoy some Blue Bloods (GREAT show by the way...good stories, intriguing, and most importantly, clean!! A good one for the whole fam) with my guy.
Back to regular posting this week. Maybe I'll even throw in some chocolate to make up for my long absence. :) Happy end of the week!