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    From the daily archives: Monday, February 20, 2012

    I had forgotten how nice “no agenda” days are. Happy Presidents Day!

    I got up when I wanted to, and pretty much have done what I wanted. I had three teenage boys here, so I made them pancakes this morning, but not until I’d had my coffee. I’ve been puttering in “my studio”, which began as a shed that my husband built for me last year. I consider it my own little house, as well as my ongoing art project. Soon it will be an office.

    Nearly five years ago, when I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer, I automatically qualified for Disability. because I was either expected to die or to remain very sick for a long time. I didn’t die, and now, nearly five years later, aside from a slightly temperamental left arm, I’m not sick. My memory is even improving, dramatically in this last few months. My disability is ending, and I’m gearing up to go back to work in earnest. I’m telling myself that I can handle it, that I know how to manage myself so I don’t burn out. Days like today are good.

    I’ve been able to work part time and pace myself, as well as enjoy being a mom. I still have my rough days. All in all, I can’t complain. I’m fortunate that I have a skill that I can use the way it works for me.

    My days of full time massage therapy are over. An eight hour day would make my arm swell up like a tree trunk. I have been delighted to discover that I can tolerate working on kids really well, and I can do one or two of my good ol’ get in there and get it done massages in a day, if I elevate my arm afterwards. I’m so glad I still get to do that. It’s been 20 years doing this, and I love my work. I can do this and still do my mom thing. I’m lucky.

    I got my business license from the city, and starting in March I’m open for business. Woo-Hoo!

    Five years on Wednesday. Wow. Moving on with my life. Rock’n'roll.

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