On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Friday, October 08, 2010

Mini vacation

I was so sick yesterday that I booked an urgent care appointment and hightailed it to the medical center. Just as I predicted: a cold. But because my immune system is so challenged I was prescribed an antibiotic which worked wonders. I felt so much better this morning -- after 30 minutes of a hacking cough -- that Steve and I set out to San Francisco as we had planned several days ago.

I had a taste for clam chowder on the wharf so that's what we did. We acted like tourists, dropping in to shops, picking up and putting down, taking photographs all along the way.

Four hours later we were home. That's all it took, a four-hour mini break from animals, illness, childcare and everything else that is a normal day. Our daughter never even knew we were gone -- the wonder of cell phones! -- and we acted like escaped prisoners set loose in a world class city, which San Francisco is, even if we only enjoyed one tiny touristy part of it.

Now we're planning lots of future mini breaks, it's all so doable.


  1. What a delightful day you two must have had... hope you're feeling much better now.

  2. Isn't it amazing how such a short "vacation" helps??? We do that too, I'm SO glad you felt better and were able to go!

  3. You need and deserve the breaks. Glad you had fun.

  4. Thank you all for checking in. Yes, Steve and I definitely need more days like that one!


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