The day actually started out with surgery at 6am to put in a port on the right side of my chest just under my clavicle bone. The nurses were really sweet and let Wes and Fierce visit with me up until the time I had to go [...]
Later in the day we went to Mongoose Junction and other little shops. I bought Fierce a pirate book and a few other touristy items. We (my Mom, Blake, Tatum and I) ended our day at Woody's. It is a tiny little space to get drinks and bar food. My mom ordered us some conch fritters. Honestly, I have yet to have anything with [...]
Our first stop was still in St. John because our guide, Mindy, had to fill out the entry paperwork in order to enter British territory. We stopped at Moho Bay and snorkeled. I saw two big tortoises and one baby one came up to get air not five feet from my face! Blake and Tatum said [...]
Hiking was on the agenda today. We started down the Reef Bay trail and ended at a rocky beach next to a sugar mill ruin. This is not a little hike, by the way. It is only 2 miles or so down, but you have to watch your footing because roots grow wild over the trail and the path itself is full of loose rock. I had Fierce in a carrier first in front of me, then on my back and finally I just carried him because he was tired of being in that thing. I am so glad I have [...]
The morning started with eggs -scrambled with spinach…according to everyone else ;) Fierce and I were up and ready to go long before that.
Our first stop was to the Anniberg Ruins. The beginning of the trail started at the slave quarters and then went up to where the horses would walk in a circle to move the sugar cane crusher. They later built a windmill, but when there was no wind they still used the slaves and horses. Around the back of the ruins a man named Charles was breaking coconuts for everyone to try the meat. He gave my mom some coconut oil and said it was good for red bumps on the skin and sun burn. He [...]
Fierce took his first flight yesterday!
There were several layovers so I made sure he got his wiggles out by having him "walk" the halls. In the NY airport on the way to San Juan there was a little treasure chest play area for kids. He leaned up against the bottom of the slide and had a blast watching the older kids zoom past him. Some of the kids tried to speak to me, but they all spoke Spanish and I am a little (a lot) rusty.
Fierce waves at just about everyone going by and people just melt. I think they forget that they have their own gate to get to entirely. One passenger even handed their phone [...]
Today was the big day! Amid the ocean breezes, Tate and Samantha said their vows to each other.
The whole day was truly beautiful. My dad & John babysat Fierce so I could take pictures of them getting ready and Lynnae could do Sam's makeup. Sam looked stunning. She didn't seem stressed at all, simply giddy with excitement. I loved her dress that flowed with the wind and her flower halo. With the setting sun, she just seemed radiant. My brother, Tate, looked so proud to become her husband. Their destination wedding to St. Thomas couldn't have been any better. My parents soaked in every moment and kept repeating what a wonderful evening it had been. At the rehearsal dinner [...]
Today, I had a unique opportunity. My cousin Audra works at the Van Andel Research Institute doing gene modification and she invited me to meet her co-worker Carrie Graveel, Ph.D. Carrie has been studying breast cancer for the last 10 years so I was thrilled to be able to talk with her about my diagnosis.
You have to get special clearance to even enter the building, so this was an amazing blessing. The building is very grand and the interior has a very modern, space-like or futuristic feeling. Once in a conference room, she explained that of all of the cancers to get, mine was the best because so much research has been done on the ER+/PR+ breast cancer (cancer [...]