Sunday, February 8, 2009

Sundays of grace #2

1. A short run on a springlike day: Today is a balmy 60 degrees. Went out for the first run in a few months and remembered to be mindful of the wind on my face, the sun, the fact that I am able to run and be outside on a beautiful day.

2. Good friends and laughter: As this infertility journey has continued, I have been isolating more and more. Friday night, Will and I went out with a friend of mine and her boyfriend and had such a good laugh-out-loud time. It was so freeing, and dare I say it, somewhat cathartic? I am grateful that we all felt so comfortable around one another and just able to be ourselves. It was a good reminder of the importance of building and maintaining connections to others, even when going through difficulties.

3. My health: something I try to remember to never take for granted. One of the upsides of getting cancer in my twenties is that it really allows me to appreciate my physical well-being. I get so angry sometimes that cancer may have stolen my ability to have a child, but then I am struck by how fortunate I am just to have this life - to still be here. I remember lying in bed when I was sick thinking I will never take it for granted when I can walk up a flight of stairs without feeling winded. I will never take it for granted when I can feel hungry without nausea or indigestion. I will never take it for granted when I can be pain free and get through the day without fatigue. Of course at times I do take these things for granted, but then I catch myself, and I am overcome with gratitude.


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  1. Thanks, Mo. Your list is inspirational to me today.

  2. I love the new Sunday posts. It is great to remember all the things that are wonderful about life. I hope you have a great week!

  3. Mo, you are so right. We often forget the wonderful and amazing things that go well in our lives. I am glad you remember to point them out to us.

  4. Mo, I love the Sunday lists too. And it may be coincidental, or maybe you are my long lost sister, but I am thankful for those three very things this weekend!! (except mine was a walk, not a run, bum leg and all...)

    I am so happy that you had a good and cathartic weekend too.

    I have so much to say about your recent second opinion visit, but I try to get it together in an email to you and it is all coming out like assvice. So, I need to recollect my thoughts (for what they;re worth) and try again. I guess the whole point is, I think its good you went, so good you have Will to mull over and discuss your options, and while the decisions are yours to make, I want to put in a good word for donor eggs and the idea that they are really only 1/3 of the equation and that you still play a major, MAJOR biological part. It is your bloodstream, your food that nourishes, your womb that holds and protects. Without you there can be no baby. Your part is still essential.

  5. I love your list! I'm going to go outside now and enjoy the warmer weather. You've inspired me to get off my rear and enjoy life a little bit.

  6. A great reminder of what we all have to be thankful for. A good reminder for me today, especially. Thank you.

    And I, too, am glad for spring like days and happy that you are in good health!

  7. Lovely post.

    Today really is a day to feel that Spring is coming. So good to feel a gentle breeze instead of harsh wind. Hoping this Spring brings new life to us as the trees start to bud.


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