Sunday, July 3, 2011

Summer Fun!

Somehow another month has gone by!  And it's been a big month.  I am happy to say that I've successfully completed radiation (and all of my cancer treatment, for the matter).  I am also pleased with the way my skin and body has healed.  By the end of radiation I was exhausted and my skin was really breaking down.  Much to my surprise, aloe vera did the trick, and my skin healed very quickly and is now almost back to normal.  The only thing left as far as health management is a couple of surgeries (I am still waiting to have my cancer side reconstructed), drugs for 5 years (Tamoxifen) and careful monitoring by my awesome team of doctors.  I'm overjoyed to be on the other side.  Looking back, it hasn't been easy, but I truly believe the old adage "Whatever doesn't kill you will only make your stronger!"  Also, it really helps to have an amazing support network of friends, family, and kind strangers.  Huge thanks to everyone who has helped make this journey more bearable through your kindness.

In other news, Aaron and I got back last week from an epic vacation in Iceland!  Our friends, Henriet and Jon, decided to get married on a lava field there, and we decided that it sounded like a pretty sweet vacation, so we tagged along.  Also, we felt we deserved an epic vacation after making it through this year in tact.  Iceland is one of the most naturally beautiful places imaginable and it never gets dark in the summer, so you can look at the natural beauty 24 hours a day!  If you ever have the opportunity to visit, you should take it.

You can see all of our pictures by clicking of the following links:

 Right now we are in Minnesota visiting family and friends.  I love this place in the summer, and all of the great people here seem to be in wonderful spirits, as if they're just happy it's not snowing at the moment.  We had a great time at the Twins game last night, despite watching the home team give up a 7-0 lead and lose the game.  Wah-wah.

On Tuesday, Aaron and I will celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary.  Especially this year, he has passed every "for better or for worse" test with flying colors.  I couldn't ask for a better husband and best friend!