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Last August, I arbitrarily declared every day after 1st October 2015 "a win, a gift of medical science and care". What have I been doing with that gift in the last year?
  • I successfully completed chemotherapy!  I've had three follow-up tests, which continue to show me clear of leukaemia.
  • I returned to work, and have been working 4-4.5 days a week since April thanks to judicious use of accumulated annual leave. I am about to start working 5-day weeks routinely, and feel reasonably confident about it.
  • [livejournal.com profile] fanf and I did a short course of couples therapy with a Maggies Wallace counsellor, by way of preventative maintenance.
  • I completed a year of Open University study at nearly full-time load, and enrolled on another full-time year to complete my degree.
  • I have recovered a lot of the fitness lost through 5 months of chemotherapy: by no means all of it, but steadily improving week on week and month on month.  For the past few months I've made deliberate, targeted use of my fancy fitbit (ironically, bought less than a month before I began chemo) to measure and motivate myself.
  • I've recently got much better at getting enough sleep, also through use of my fitbit.
  • I've done the necessary admin to get our children into the school and childcare we wanted for them, and the extra scheduled activities each of them wanted.
  • I've just about kept our finances under control, and spotted a pattern of overspending in time for both of us to stop it being a disaster.
  • [livejournal.com profile] fanf and I have kept the children's routines going steadily, and the house just about under control.
  • I've built up a good set of reminders on Regularly to keep most of the plates spinning approximately at the right frequency.
  • I've fallen in love with two musicals, been to the theatre multiple times and taken my children to the ballet twice.

I've said before that my big revelation from serious illness was that the life I'd built was bloody good thanks and I wanted it back.  I think I'm doing a good job of getting there!  Two smaller revelations/reminders were the importance to me of music, and of learning.  In hospital there was a period where I got through each day with a specific playlist and as much Duolingo as my brain would take; even now I try to spend some time every day listening to music, and some time every day learning.

Date: 2016-10-01 16:29 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sfred
Go you!

Date: 2016-10-01 16:51 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kaberett
<3 I am so, so glad you are here.

Date: 2016-10-01 17:34 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] clanwilliam
You are amazing and I am so, so glad you are here.

Date: 2016-10-01 18:08 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kotturinn
Happy Octoberversary! Yay for those bullet points and the narrowing gap to 'getting there'.

Date: 2016-10-01 18:15 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] musesfool

Date: 2016-10-01 18:35 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hilarita
Very important question: Do you have a sign for when you're napping saying 'I still aten't dead'? Because this is definitely a good thing :)

Date: 2016-10-01 20:04 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alatefeline
*applause* You are extremely awesome and the world is lucky that you are so wisely using and reflecting on the time you have grabbed back.

Date: 2016-10-02 00:39 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gehayi
You sound like you've accomplished a LOT! Well done, you!

Date: 2016-10-02 08:47 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ceb
Happy anniversary :-D

Date: 2016-10-02 14:34 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silveradept
We are still thrilled that you are here and enjoying the gift of science. To many more years.

Date: 2016-10-02 14:38 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] davidgillon
You're making me tired just reading all this, so go you!

Date: 2016-10-02 19:38 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] falena
You're brilliant. And an inspiration. Go you!

Date: 2016-10-03 00:12 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] crazyscot
*waves pom-poms*

Date: 2016-10-03 15:40 (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] lnr.livejournal.com
Yay, *happy dance*

Date: 2016-10-02 00:38 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amaebi.livejournal.com
You are totally amazing!

Date: 2016-10-02 20:17 (UTC)

Date: 2016-10-03 07:48 (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ewx.livejournal.com
Very impressive!


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