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So here I am, sitting on the deck watching the waves lap onto the sunny shore. And yes, you would surmise correctly that I am not currently at home as we are being buried with snow in the Boston area. I am in Puerto Rico with a friend, having some sun and relaxation before heading home for more surgeries and then back to work.

We’ve been here since Thursday last week and are staying in the Condado region, just outside Old San Juan. The hotel is great, the location and beaches are amazing and the weather, well 85F each day. My body is making Vitamin D by the boat load! I have included two pictures of me below: one I am sitting in a chair shaped like a cat (not that you can see that), wearing my wig and the other is my friend, Deb and I at dinner on the beach, no wig.

With regards to health updates, tomorrow at 7:00am (welcome home!), I have to go for an upper G.I. to test for pancreatic cancer. It is something I will have to do each year as the BRCA2 gene mutation leaves me a little more prone to this than the average person and then on Monday, I am having my oophorectomy which removes my ovaries and Fallopian tubes. This is pretty easy surgery as it’s done laparoscopically but is recommended with BRCA2 as my chances of ovarian cancer are greatly increased. There are no indications that there is anything adverse going on down there, so hopefully I’ll be back on my feet very quickly. And as my friend, Liz so aptly put it, who needs those oophors anyway!

The saddest news though is that Smokey the rabbit went to the big bunny heaven in the sky on Wednesday last week, just before I left for Puerto Rico. Rabbits are very, very prone to stomach issues and he suddenly started to eat less and then Wednesday, nothing at all. We took him to the emergency vet and they told us he was very sick and having serious heart issues. We discussed the various options but in the end, decided to put him down as he was suffering and the likelihood of him recovering was small. Sarah was with me, we said goodbye, crying, and she held him as they administered the medicine. It was all over so quickly and so peacefully, but it is very somber to watch a life fade away. Rest In Peace you wascally wabbit.

And last but not least, a return to work is finally looming on my horizon. Assuming that all goes well with the oophers removal, I will go back on March 3rd, working three days for a few weeks, then up to four, then full time. I have not worked since July 9th. How will I get out of bed early enough each morning and will I remember what to do??? Eek, I hope so!

Love to all,
Amanda

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Steve is away this week, golfing with ‘the boys’ in Florida. Sarah, my youngest, is almost 14 but has always had a penchant for wanting to sleep with me. For years she slept next to me on the floor on a comforter because she wanted to hold my hand as she went to sleep and didn’t want to be in her own room. As you can imagine, this eventually stopped when she was 10ish. I didn’t mind too much as trying to go to sleep with my arm stretched over the side of the bed was getting mighty uncomfortable and truth be told, I wasn’t as appreciative of the connection as she was.

But I was just so touched that even at this age, when she knew Steve was going away, she just looked at me, raised her eye brows and I nodded. We rubbed our hands together in glee, we were going to be holding hands in the dark once more. I think I am more excited than she is. Each night when I go to bed, there she is all snuggled up and warm in my bed, with her face calm, her beautiful eyelashes fanned out over her closed eyes. I slip into bed, kiss her softly on her cheek and take her warm, slightly sweaty hand in mine, feeling enveloped with love as I drift off to sleep. Such a simple act, such impact on my heart.

Below is a picture of Sarah with her rabbit, Smokey.

Love to all,
Amanda

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