Ok, well, I might as well jump on the bandwagon and start off with Number 1:
1. Celebrate Sarah's triumph over cancer! Oh wait, that's me
....ok, well, I know it's going to be a hard year, but what are months of unpleasantness in the name of life -- yes, sweet LIFE -- for years and years to come? This is going to be an important year in my life, and I intend to learn from it and grow wiser.
2. Maintain an active and healthy life throughout chemo. I'm looking at 6-8 months of chemo, and I intend to continue to exercise to some degree and eat nutritious food throughout -- both in support of my treatment and overall short-term and long-term good health. It will help me combat chemo-related depression and increase my energy levels also.
3. Grow even closer to my beloved Lorraine. She's a gift straight from heaven (no pun intended
) and together we WILL get through this year.
4. Grow in my spirituality. Sometimes it takes a cancer diagnosis to make you recognize that your relationship with God could be stronger. That has been the case for me, and I will be doing some important reading, soul searching, and talking with God, as well as attending my Unitarian Church much more frequently than I have been.
5. I am going to refresh my Italian. I used to be fluent, but when you don't use it, you lose it, as they say -- and my vocabulary is greatly diminished. So I'll be pulling out my books in Italian and watching all the Italian movies I can get my hands on.
6. I am going to chronicle my Hodgkins experience online in my blog, so others diagnosed can benefit from it, and I have it to refer back to. I think it will help me to stay present throughout the experience and not get too lost in my own head, and I'll be able to enjoy the interaction I have with my blogging friends.
7. I am going to continue my presence here with you all as well, mostly because I care about you all and want to see you all succeed, but also because my weight loss goals are no less present now that I have a more urgent priority -- they're just moved to the back burner.
8. I am going to try very hard to stay positive, no matter how crappy I'm feeling. I will try to stay rational and try to maintain a realistic outlook, while focusing on the good, the present, and the possibilities, rather than the bad, the absent, and the fears. Sometimes that will be easier than others, but if I don't always try, it sure won't happen on its own, right?
9. I'm going to get to Italy or Greece next year.......once I've completed the treatment and have successfully made it to remission. (The second part of that beautiful gift my sweet Lorraine gave me for Christmas -- I love that book of course, but you KNOW I'm going on that trip once I kick cancer's ***!)
I love you guys. Honestly, I don't know how to thank you all for your loving support. What an amazing little community we have here, no? I send each of you my heartfelt appreciation and love.