So, this blog was suppose to start with a cute little story about the deliberations behind the title…and the purpose of this blog was suppose to document my transition from teaching in a small rural public school to my post-retirement adventures in civilization. But, life has a way of altering our plans.
As I write this, I have to stop every few minutes and rearrange the bag of frozen brussels sprouts tucked into my arm pit. I am snuggled into my comfy bed, The Chew is on TV, and a pile of books are stacked on my side table. There is a vial of strong pain meds in the decorative box that holds my glasses, pens, and an assortment of lovely cards. This is not exactly where I thought I would be today…of course, I can think of worse places to be at 1:44 on a Tuesday afternoon…but, this had not been a planned stop on this journey. But, cancer has a way of reorganizing your days and throwing your calendar out the window.
I think the hardest part of this whole detour is the uncertainty of it all. One minute you are driving to the store, singing in the shower, bitching about work and as far as you can tell you are perfectly healthy. Then comes the phone call that signals an abrupt change of course. Your reality was actually a ruse — a deceit. You never really knew your own body…and you realize you never will.
So, this blog starts with a big reality check. And yet, somehow it still fits. This is both a transition and a transformation. I am coming to terms with the idea that somehow things like this can, do, and will happen to me. And, now that I’m in this new space, I am indeed a “new person.” I can’t go back to the earlier version of Christine who thought she had forever to make her dreams come true. I now embrace the notion that I must do it now. I am transformed…I am newly awake.
And I have so much to do, so much to say…so many places to go, with or without the shadow of the cancer we’ve just kicked to the curb. I will write about the things that amaze, enrage, inspire me — hopefully in an engaging and passionate way — without alienating you. I will still document this transition phase from classroom to retirement….and beyond! And I will also share the successes and failures in my bid to start a new career, proving to all ageists that “women of a certain age” are the best investment an employer can make.
The journey continues and all is uncharted territory…Christine continues and begins again…
- Meatless Monday: Quinoa with Roasted Brussels Sprouts (blogher.com)
- Be on the Ball. Keep Your Eye Out for the Symptoms of Breast Cancer… (completeherbalguide.com)
- War on Breast Cancer: New Study (mammographykc.com)
- Genetic Predictor Of Breast Cancer (philadelphia.cbslocal.com)
- After Beating Breast Cancer, Regular Exercise is Important (dkfitsolutions.com)
- Breast Size, Exercise and Cancer Risk (nlm.nih.gov)
- Eating Cruciferous Vegetables May Improve Breast Cancer Survival (epwbc.blogspot.com)
- The Latest News About Brussels Sprouts (glendathegoodfoodie.wordpress.com)
- Cancer Fighting Foods/Spices (michielfloris.wordpress.com)
- ABC’s ‘The Chew’ Biting Into Its 500th Episode (npr.org)