Dear Faithful Family & Friends,
A positive health update: I am tolerating [with no side effects] the Herceptin infusions, which will continue once every three weeks, until October 1. A series of diagnostic tests indicate that my heart is very strong, in spite of the cardio-toxic properties of Herceptin. I am also tolerating the Tamoxifen, with no serious side effects, except some visual blurring.
Stephen & I swim laps — one mile — every other day. I am very proud of Stephen, who has gone from a non-swimmer [July 2009] to a skilled free-style swimmer [July 2010.] Gaining a swimming buddy, who also happens to my husband, is the first of six gains, in 2009-2010, compared to my loss [diagnosis, surgery, chemo].
The second gain was the birth of Benjamin, now almost 18 months old. Summer 2009 provided the third gain: the joy of wishing Garrett “Bon Voyage,” as he fulfilled a 10-year desire to travel to Europe. My sister and her husband [Susan & Alan] moved to NC from PA and this was the fourth gain. The fifth gain: Daniel, Haley, and Benjamin moved home to Tallahassee.
The sixth gain: The prayers of all you faithful friends & family! I must thank you gain for your encouragement and support. Because of all of you, I survived the losses of the past year. However, I am beginning to realize that it is those very losses [the “bitter“] that offer to me a perspective to increasingly appreciate the gains [the “sweet“]!
In addition to swimming, I have my own Personal Trainer! I highly recommend him: Ever since we started meeting, I have lost weight and trimmed inches! Here are photos of him, leading me through my intensive paces: