I’m moving forward to an new era in my life.  My husband and I years ago bought a fixer-upper house (remember This Old House?).   Well, it wasn’t very expensive, so we paid it off early, and over many years have remodeled and knocked out walls, so it’s a nice house now.  Since we no longer had a mortgage, we paid off our cars early and any debt we owed.  We aren’t quit retirement age, but my husband and I decided we no longer need 2 full time incomes, and we are betting older, but young enough and healthy enough to enjoy more time off.

So, as of tomorrow I will work part time, only 20 hours a week!  I will keep my job, but also got a second “PRN” (as needed) nursing job.  I love the idea of my life no longer being my job!  It really was as all of my days were 10-12 hours and my job is very stressful.  Now only half as much!

I want to do things I have not been able to do while working full time.  I was once into martial arts and want to get back into that, it’s very empowering!   I am also a CASA, a court appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children who are wards of the state.  It’s a volunteer job I did before I started my current job. I loved it and now can do it again!  My job has also become more of a desk job over the past year, so I want to get rid of some of the weight I’ve gained and to get back in shape…biking, swimming, hiking!  I’ll have time for that now!   I have a big list of things I want to do, and love that it’s summer so I can enjoy being outside!

I feel a bit guilty as I know many of you who are reading this are dealing with a cancer diagnosis and treatment and living with uncertainty.  I lived with uncertainty for many years, and it is a difficult way to live.  I’ve been where you are now.

But I can also be an example to you.  You CAN have hope, you CAN survive and live your life again, you CAN move forward.  Just take it once step at a time starting now, you are already a cancer SURVIVOR!!!!