Thursday, June 16, 2011
Secrets to a Long Life from Walter Breuning
1. Eat two meals a day. "That's all you need."
2. Work as long as you can. "That money's going to come in handy."
3. Hlep others. "The more you do for others, the better shape you're in.
4. Accept death. "We're going to die. Some people are scared of dying. Never be afraid to die,. ecuase you're born to die.
I don't think that Walter meant to roll over and give up fighting, nor that we shouldn't try to live a long life, just that death is a part of living and we shouldn't fear it. Frankly, I have a lot I want to do before I die. But that's a lesson too...we should try to do as much as we can while we can. Time's a wasting folks and time is something you can't get back.
Tomorrow I go in for the beginning of my last series of chemo. I'm hoping that I am able to make it through the next three sessions OK. This last one was really hard. Evidently that decadron buzz I used to get is a thing of the past...we'll see. I've been really tired and my eyesight continues to degrade. That supposedly will come back after quitting the chemo. What do I miss most? Not my hair (I did laugh when I was in the doctor's office last week and a woman said to me "that's alright dear, it will grow back." I don't know what gave her the idea that the hair loss bothered me...especially since I was sitting there in my pink Old Navy baseball cap.
I'd rather my breast grew back if we were talking about growing things back. I do hope, however, that some of the numbness in my hands and feet goes away. The inability to get information from my feet means that I'm unsteady. I fell in the garden a couple of times this week and whacked off the cover on the electrical to the fishpond. I'm just grateful I didn't fall IN the fish pond.
Hopefully, the muscle/nerve/bone pain I have will also get better. One can always hope! And I do!