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Cancer Stories -- Mine and My Mother's

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Today was a full day! I didn’t sleep again last night woke up about every hour on the hour. I’ve been taking Benedryl by IV each night to help me get to sleep, but I wake up shortly after and feel compelled to get online, check emails, research, fiddle around with whatever tubes and other equipment I’m hooked up to.

It’s almost become a ritual of some sort and I’ve become accustomed to these quiet restless nights. At some point during my half awoken state, I accidentally erased everything off my blackberry including contacts, emails, appointments, etc. I was too tired to care and figured it would be an easy fix the next day. The morning started early from this anxious feeling of not having my “sidekick” blackberry so I jumped outta bed early and started the day.

Wes’s mother brought breakfast and we spent the am chatting and catching up with Bryan Martin. The day was so beautiful outside we ended up walking the grounds again (or the ghetto avenues, depending on how you look at it) for about an hour. It felt absolutely wonderful to stretch the legs and get some sort of exercise. I think by the time the three of us returned to the room we had all worked up a little sweat!

By that time, the no Blackberry access was starting to kill me. I got on the phone and started my crusade with T-Mobile. 2 1/2 hours later, I FINALLY had access to internet, contacts and my work emails. I am still having issues accessing my gmail, but at least this is start. My poor friend Erika, sat by my side in the room waiting as I yacked away trying to resolve my blackberry hell.

Meanwhile, I received a call from my California Uncle who said that he would be driving through the area around 3 p.m. and wanted to see if I was available to meet up. What a nice surprise! I have not seen this Uncle for over 10 years! We sat for hours and reminisced of my late mother and he talked a little about the history of my father and mother in their young years of marriage.

It was really interesting hearing from his point of view chain of events over the past years. I had no idea that he had spent the time that he did with my mother when she was diagnosed with Cancer.

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Thank you Diane for the kind words =)

May 2, 2009 - 7:40am

Melissa, thanks so much for your continued updates on everything from being in Blackberry hell for hours to your touching memories of your mother. I find it sweet that you and she so clearly share a love for movement and for the out-of-doors.

Here's keeping fingers crossed that you continue on a good path this weekend and can get released next week!! Now get some sleep!

April 17, 2009 - 10:10am
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