Monday, September 14, 2009

The best medicine

Over the past couple of weeks I have been feeling so much better. I have tried many different things, including: reiki, body talk, seeing my therapist, talking to friends, indulging myself in things I like and doing fun things. These all helped a bit, but what really gave me the push I needed? Hearing that Ryan's MRI was the same as the last one, except it was less agressive.

The doctors are putting together a plan to start to reduce him on all of his meds and even said that it's likely that he can drive again! Although it will be a while before we get to that, even knowing the possibility was there...that the doctors were thinking that far out was amazing.

Tomorrow we go see the doctors again for another check up. The only part of the last meeting that left us a little bit uncertain was when Ryan asked how long he would continue this treatment for. In all of our previous chemo experiences, we have known it would be for 4 rounds, 6 months or 9 months. But the answer they gave us was "until the tumour progresses".

Of course, why would they change something that is working? Especially when they don't seem to have a lot of other options up their sleeves. But it was almost daunting, like they expected that would happen at some point. So we'll talk to them more about that.

On the Rethink front, there are lots of exciting things going on. Our monthly support nights - Live, Laugh & Learn, continue to be really fulfilling. I love seeing new people out and hearing how needed this is for them in Calgary. Our second annual Rethink Romp is also coming up on Thursday, October 22. We just started selling tickets on the website and it's sure to be even better than last year.

So far we have Sephora doing the "eye's" of the fall for us, Salon Refresh glamming up our hair, mini manicures, massages, a photo lounge to remember your new look with your friends, cupcakes, chocolate, tempting silent auction items, great music and we're raffling off a Vespa! The tickets are only $45 for all of this fun stuff and it includes one of our signature drinks. We sold out before the event last year, so if you're interested get your tickets now... .

What have I learned from this latest downturn and upswing? Life would be pretty boring if I hung out in the middle all of the time. Every once in a while we all need to be reminded of the down so that we can truly appreciate the up. Here's to everyone's "ups"!