The BIG C

So it’s been a while since I discussed the BIG C with you all, here is the original post. The truth is when going through something like this you kind of fracture, or at least this was the case for me. I have learned it was a self preservation technique I developed early on as a child. One part of me denied the existence of the illness, another was tending to family, making sure they were all ok. Another part was trying to keep a newly rebranded  biz stayed afloat and lastly, I honestly didn’t know how much to share or not.

People come out of the wood work when your sick, not in a good way, they want to watch from the side lines to see what’s gonna happen next, like you’re the latest reality show. Then there are the friends who turned their backs because they couldn’t be bothered, like my being sick would somehow cramp their social lives. So that left me in a spot, share or not to share?

I did however have a few kind people check on me who genuinely cared. For that I am forever grateful, you know who you are. Thank you. So where am I now? Well I quietly had my 3 year check up and I am still in remission! Without going into too much detail I will say it’s taken 3 years (without the help of any medical insight) to figure out on my own how this new pumping or lack there of, works. I am happy to report I am also off all related medication!

To celebrate coming out of the shadows (I’ve been mostly house bound the past 3 years) we went BIG! See, that’s one thing cancer did for me, it made me brave, not fearless but willing to push past fear to accomplish a goal. Anywho, I wanted to LIVE BIG and push myself, boy did I?!!?!?!!

We headed to MA for a small nature trip but my real goal was the small zip line they had, I wanted myself and TMP to try to push our comfort zones. We did! See this……

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She did it! She was almost in tears but she did it! I was so proud and she was too! Next we headed to ME for some paddle boarding and again she killed it!

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It was like she had been doing it her entire life. I got up too! I have to say, I wanted to try this but my core is still rather weak so I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to pull it off. I did and we all had a terrific time. Next we were off to Bar Harbor, Maine. Can I tell you it was LOVE at first sight! The downtown was quaint, the center being the Village Green, just that, a tiny green park surrounded by local shops. I was right at home and my first stop was the Fair Trade store, I could have lived there. Next, take a left and go down the hill to find the harbor hill. The greatest view where they also show movies on a inflatable screen in the evenings.

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Here is the harbor hill. Gosh, the air was just so clean and refreshing. Then we walked just below the hill.

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Next we discovered just down the road there was a disappearing sandbar that connected to another island. For about 4 hours a day the sandbar emerged so you could hike to Bar island but you have to keep an eye on the time as not to get stranded. We had to check it out!

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Isn’t it amazing????? Take me back!

From there we had the most amazing fishing trip and left with giant ziplock bags full of Mackerel and Pollock.

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I didn’t get pictures of myself or my fish but I managed to catch the girl yet again making friends wherever she went.

Next was Acadia National Park. We saw whales but I only carried my iPhone because of all our gear so I didn’t catch them.

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Thunder Hole

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Next on to our last big adventure, Catamount in MA.

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Look at her go!

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So all in all, it was the greatest vacation in my life. I got out of my head, out of my comfort zone and grew. I was able to see a larger picture for myself and my family, I was about to see the next move, I was able to breathe freely. This trip was just what I needed at just the right time I was open to receive all that I took in. The return to health trip was a success and I’m ready to keep on keeping on!

I will have a tutorial out later today and a new pattern headed over to the testers hopefully by the end of the week! Thanks again for your continued support of my small biz and me, personally. xxTMP

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Oh and for those who asked, here is our gal. She was/is a 30′ beast on wheels. We each had our own bed and designated closet/dresser. She had a great kitchen, bathroom and dining room. She was roughly 230 sq ft, our tiny home for 10 days. We loved her but also have a new appreciation for having our room to stretch out at home.

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