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Happy To Be Home

by Melanie on July 30th, 2010

I always imagined that the very first time that I would leave my son for an overnight stay would be to go on a little weekend getaway with Neil somewhere.  Maybe we would go to Vegas or Napa or something.  Wherever it was, it was definitely going to be something relaxing, romantic, and just the two of us.  As you can imagine, a two-night stay at a hospital for a bilateral mastectomy was not exactly what I had in mind.  Well maybe we’ll just have to save that romantic weekend getaway for when this crazy journey is all over with to  celebrate  being cancer free.

After being in the hospital for two nights I had two main things on my mind:

#1.  Smother Brody with hugs and kisses again and again and again

#2.  Wash my dirty, nasty, grease ball, matted down hair (It really was disgusting!)

When I got home and finally saw my little stinka butt (Brody) again my eyes welled up with tears.  It felt like it had been weeks since I had kissed his chubby little cheeks or heard him say “Ma!”  I was SO glad to be home!

Neil also washed my hair for me that day and even helped me empty my drainage tubes (which are really disgusting) without even so much as a flinch.  He’s a way better husband than I could have ever asked for.  I think I fall more in love with him every day. 

The surgery has caused me to have some temporary physical limitations.  I’ve now gained a new appreciation for being able to do some seemingly very simple things in life.  Such as being able to: 

Wash my own hair

Put a shirt on over my head

Sleep in any position other than on my back

Scratch my own back

Reach for a glass or dish up in the cupboard

Hold, carry, or even cuddle with my child (this is by far the most heart breaking one for me)

What simple things I’ve always taken for granted before, but not anymore.  Daily I thank God for even the smallest of victories towards regaining these abilities back again and I celebrate every single one!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your thoughts, prayers, and support during my surgery.  Thank you also to everyone who has been coming to visit, bringing us food, sending us cards, gift cards, and flowers.  I am so incredibly blessed to have so many people in my life that love and care for me.

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  1. Cheryl Robinson permalink

    Melanie, What a beautiful letter you wrote. I’m glad you are home & starting to get back to a somewhat normal life. Everything is downhill from here. Keep up the positive attitude & it will go even faster. Thinking of you often . . .
    Judd & Cheryl

  2. Christina Ramirez permalink

    Welcome Home! It is such an exciting time to back in your home surrounded by the ones you love the most. That makes for some good healing! We are praying for a speedy recovery. And along the way celebrating each victory with you. Your little man and Neil must be thrilled to have you back with them. 🙂 We are glad you are home.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Christina & Art Ramirez

  3. Marilyn Higdon permalink

    Melanie, what a lovely letter. One thing that happens when you endure this is a greater appreciation for every day, every little regular thing you do, and more love for those who love you. I am so thrilled that your sweet husband is being the MAN he should be. Mine was too and always has been – for nearly 59 years now. Cheryl R and krista keep me informed. I am Levi’s grand-mother-in-law.

    Best of luck and keep positive, it really does help.

    Marilyn Higdon

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