“Would you like whipped cream and sprinkles?” Umm…do you even have to ask!?!? I was asked this joyful question when I ordered one of those fancy frozen drinks at Dunkin’ Donuts (yes, you may be thinking betrayal to the almighty Starbucks, but the Dunk is closer to home and I was short on time). Of course I said yes, proceeded to slurp the amazing, albeit unhealthy, beverage and started thinking…where are the sprinkles in my life these days?
I’ve had lots of transition over the last few months – both physical and emotional. I went from the darkest of places to the most joyful. I went from little hope to miraculous outcomes. I’ve gone from being housebound to getting up and going to work. The truth is it’s all exhausting…I’m beat!
However, in the midst of all this turmoil and change, I can’t believe how lucky I am. This immunotherapy is working it’s magic. (To learn more about the treatment, you can read this recent New York Times article “Harnessing the Immune System to Fight Cancer.”) I have to keep in mind that this is new medical territory, that I am going to have good days and bad, along with bumps in the road that may not always mesh with my “plans,” but I have to keep going. I have to think of the sprinkles.
So, here are my sprinkles, listed in no particular order:
- My amazing parents
- A job/workplace that I love and is supportive beyond belief
- Kind, loving and supportive friends who I adore (you know who you are!)
- Sadie – the sweetest dog I could ask for (in spite of her urge to jump on everyone!)
- World class doctors and health care professionals
What are your sprinkles?