Thursday, August 28, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me.......

Hi Everyone
Well today, August 28th, is my Birthday! Up until now....I'd say from hitting 30, birthdays became more of a nuisance than anything else. In my 20's it was "Whoa.....let's go PARTY".....in my 30's it was "Let's invite the family and some friends over for a BBQ".............in my 40's it was "AHHHH....no big deal, let's just go grab a bite to eat (if that) LOL........and the 50's well it was "Let's start counting backwards!" However, in light of recent events I believe it's come full circle and back to the 20's mentality of "Let's PARTY". I have EVERY reason in the world to begin actually CELEBRATING my Birthdays now. I never thought I'd give Birthdays another thought really. C'mon....it just means we're getting older and more wrinkly and lots of other fun stuff, but NOW I am more than happy to rejoice in and celebrate the fact that I have lived for a whole additional year. Please embrace my philosophy friends. You are here. You have a life and no matter what shitty thing may be going on in it right this minute, well, nothing lasts forever and this too shall pass. Live each day to its fullest. Stop and smell the flowers. Look for the positive and lessons in all things. See what birthdays do for me now? LOL Another milestone in my life worth giving a second glance at. On top of this, I had a Doctor Nair appt yesterday and my numbers have never looked better! Yay for my blood! (I'd pat in on the back, but it keeps moving). My beautiful white blood cells are WAY in the normal range. My red blood cells are just a titch under normal and those sweet little platelets of mine went from 114 last week to 128 this week. I had to have my once a month IV session yesterday but it seemed to go rather quickly and I didn't even get to read the whole paper before I was done. Dr. Nair said I have "graduated" to only seeing him once a month now, but will go in every other week for bloodwork. Kinda crazy when I think that pretty much every second of every day has been basically accounted for for at least the last year and a half of my life and now the reins have loosened. Kinda scary and kinda not. I'll write a whole new blog one of these days about how I feel about that. So today I got an email Birthday from my wonderful friend Colleen, who I can't believe she remembered my birthday after all these years, I got another email from my sis-in-law Kathy and my sissie Kate has sent me 5....count em.....5.....birthday cards!! I haven't talked to her yet today, but know she'll call later on. Got a call from my brother Greg to wish me a Happy Birthday and also a call from my step dad Van. And of course Ashley told me first thing this morning and Linz called from Gainesville. Linz, Anthony and Kevin will be here at some point tomorrow from moving her butt from the apt in G'ville to here, so we plan on going out to my favorite restaurant tomorrow night. In the meantime I've been really busy cleaning up my garage to make room for her stuff to be here, as we are going to have a massive garage sale the 1st weekend in Sept to get rid of it all. The garage was a royal mess as I see it as a GIANT purse and just throw stuff in it for years so you can imagine the mess it was and how disorganized! Whateve doesn't sell will be donated to the American Cancer Society's local thrift shop here. It's all good stuff, just not what we want and I really do want my garage back so I can set up a studio for making beads and jewelry out there, as the bedroom is getting a bit crowded with all my supplies! I promise to take some photos soon and post them. Peace to all

3 comments:

colleen said...

Jan..because of you I will have to say my attitude is much more positive. I see what you have gone through and you just continue thank the Lord for your gifts.

Happy Birthday Girlfriend and many more!!!!!

Denise said...

Hi Jan - I began reading your blog while I was googling myeloma. I was just diagnosed in July (my 50th birthday week)with myeloma and your info is very helpful. I wish you MANY MANY more birthdays and good health!!
Denise

Susan said...

I just read your blog bout your bday.. I had a bday Aug 13 and think very much like you do about birthdays now..We have a REASON to celebrate...we're still here. You have to walk the walk to talk the talk..life looks so different if you walked this walk..take care..ps...waiting for some new pics..how is your hair coming??