Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Return to Normalcy...or Not
Harding's inaugural words are something I will remind myself of in the upcoming days, weeks, and months. As much as I would like to believe that my life will be the same, it won't. For my family, my children, and myself, I'm going to have to strive to be "normal"...whatever that may be.
Today, I am taking President Harding's words to heart. I am striving for normalcy. This afternoon, we attended the Clifton Ridge football game. Go Cougars! (Griffen and I worked in the concession stand for the first half.) After the game, we went out to eat, celebrating Griffen's selection as part of the 2011-2012 Gray Elementary Chorus. Now, it's onto listening to Adelia talk about her day, discussing AP World History Notes, reviewing spelling words with Griffen, and Barbies with Arleigh. Amongst that, there's laundry to be done, baths, lunches to be packed and preparation for tomorrow. For us, that's an attempt of normalcy.
My days of normalcy, however, are dwindling. One week from now, my mastectomy will be complete. I will be a patient at the hospital, staying overnight. My loving husband will assume his role as "Mr. Mom". My children will realize that Mama won't be coming home tonight. There will be relief that the surgery is over, but apprehension about the pathology results. I may be cancer free, but I will only have one breast. That is far from normal.
Tomorrow, I have an appointment at the Breast Health Center with my Oncology Nurse Navigator. You can read more about a Nurse Navigator here. She will spend time discussing breast cancer, the mastectomy, post-op instructions, and what comes next in my journey with breast cancer. Jeff and I look forward to meeting her and the information and knowledge she can share with us.
So, for the next six days, I will focus on Harding's visions of normalcy...but hey, who said that I was normal to begin with? :)