Friday, March 16, 2012

1 year and 1 month

Today marks 13 months since I had brain surgery. It feels like yesterday and like a million years ago all at the same time. This month has seen a lot of new things for me.

As per my previous post, no tumour on my leg *happy dance*. No more physiotherapy for the time being, I am left to my own devices for that until further notice :) I did have my story showcased at (b)human. If you don't know it, want to know more etc. it is over here "Julia's Story"

This weekend is the Twilight Running festival! I am so excited. I am so incredibly overjoyed to be ABLE to do this. I received a new running singlet and a note of thanks in the mail from "Cure Cancer" for fundraising. I couldn't have done it without your help so Thank you all!

Today it seems that we have enough people to form our team for the relay for life as well! I am also totally overjoyed about that. My mother used to do relay for life every year before her lung cancer. She used to Run the Daffodil Ball for the local hospital as well. Its a really big deal for me to be able to do this for her, for my dad and other family members and friends who have won, lost the battle or are still fighting.

I went for a job interview the other week. I haven't heard back from them yet but time will tell. They were lovely people. I had a number of victories that day. I celebrate all the little milestones as they are each important and signs of my improving health and my healing post op. Firstly I didn't get motion sickness on the train going in for the interview. Before surgery it would have been a very big problem for me. I also walked around the city without having a panic attack. I had one a few weeks after I got home from hospital so I was a little concerned that it was going to be a permanent thing but it looks like it isn't :) We went to a bookshop on the way home from the interview and the floor was uneven with hideous fine striped carpet which looked like it was moving every time I moved my head/eyes. I felt like I was going to have a seizure so I left the shop and managed to avoid it. They don't seem like very big things but for me they are.

I don't know where I would be without the support of my family. My husband has been an incredible rock through it all and my youngest son has been amazing.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Marvellous March

Yesterday was our granddaughters 3rd birthday. It was a lovely morning spent with her and watching her play with her little friends at Hippo's. I have to say I was feeling a little old having a 3 year old granddaughter!

In other news, I had my leg scan done and there was nothing to biopsy so no leg tumour! Ecstatically happy about that especially with the Twilight Running Festival 2 weeks away! I was not looking forward to the possibility of doing that with stitches in my leg! Sponsor me for the Twilight run here

Things are really picking up. Last week I put my resume in for a job and was called back in under two hours. Very exciting and scary. Now to wait for the second call back to arrange interviews etc. I'm really looking forward to it. It really is a whole new world for me now. So much has changed and so many opportunities are now open. We went out and bought clothes and shoes so that I'll have work clothes again. It was all a bit surreal and odd but we got there in the end.

I have been asked to write my story to be showcased on a website. It has taken a while to get started and is probably the hardest thing I have written in a very long time. I think I have it finished now. No doubt there will be things I have missed out or skipped or forgotten but there isn't a lot I can do about that right now. I've written what I could remember as best I could and that will have to do, I can't really do better right now.

I have finished with physiotherapy for the time being as well! I have improved out of sight and unless I have a bit of a stumble/back slide (which I'm actively avoiding) I don't need to go back. Very very happy. My Physiotherapist is a fantastic guy and wonderful at his job but I really hope not to need to see him a gain any time soon. I am going to continue with my brain training at least until my subscription runs out. It has been incredibly helpful. I'll be picking up some second hand secondary text books and working my way through those as I can as well. The only way to try and fix what is broken and put back what is missing is to try and learn it again I think.

Today was a wonderful day, I got back in contact with a long lost friend. I can't wait to catch up properly. It's been a long time between drink as they say.