....it was the first day of vacation and all day we'd been busy visiting the aquarium and Market, then to the Space Needle. We'd walked and climbed stairs non-stop.
As I tucked the kids into the hotel bed Heidi said "Can you believe all the stairs we climbed today?!" and Mamie chimed in "Yeah! And Nana climbed them all by herself!"
Last year at this time Nana was in the middle of chemo and was so weak after each of her 5-day-long treatments that she couldn't make the one step from their garage to the house when she got home without help from Poppie. In her usual candid style she had dubbed this weakness "chemo legs".
I said to the girls "She sure did. You should tell her how proud you are of her". I felt a huge feeling of coming-full-circle in that moment. Almost indescribable. A year ago we didn't know how much time we had with Nana. We still don't. Taking this trip as an entire family almost didn't happen due to circumstances outside of our control and being there in that moment was such a blessing....
The money I have raised while preparing for this day is going to help others with cancer. The process has helped me come to some sort of terms with what cancer has done to my family. It doesn't make it right or ok but I feel as though I've been able to help tangibly in a way I wasn't doing before.
To everyone who has donated money or supported our family these past 16 months I say THANK YOU!
My wave goes in to the water at 7:45 a.m.
Today is for you Mom! I'm so proud of you! I love you! xoxoxo