Playing Hooky

In my 20 years of software design and 18 years of school, I often dreamed of stepping off the treadmill and spending a day at home.

Well, I’ve been home four months now and today I’m playing hooky from that.

I skipped the 7:00-9:00 ritual of chasing children, barking orders and threats. I skipped my supplements, my juicing and my morning walk. And I’ve decided to give my whining muscles a desperately needed break from what the pre-c me would have considered an extremely light exercise routine.

I do feel frustrated by my post-chemo crash. That my right eye’s still blistered. That I can no longer jog and have two limbs seized by pain. And I do feel some guilt about calling in sick today.

But I’m going ahead with radiation and, starting Monday, daily zaps will dominate my world for at least six weeks.

So, today I’m just breathing and doing exactly as I please.

It’s funny how different — and good — it feels.

About Andrea

Andrea Ross was diagnosed with breast cancer October 6, 2009 and intends to survive and thrive. You can read more from Andrea here.

  • I don't know how it feels to be zapped from the outside, but internally, I do. You'll be on my mind during that time. Will you have to be away from your girls? I was isolated from even my animals for a week. You learn your then how little touches you take for granted on a daily basis. Stay well!

  • Thanks, Ginny. Luckily for me, Ottawa apparently has some of eastern Canada's best cancer facilities. I'll even be able to walk to my treatments — along the river — and attend a fitness class before or afterwards (MWF) if I feel up to it.

    Ottawa's fab ;o)

  • Isabelle

    You're a hooky player today. Kisses and hugs to you.

  • Hi Andrea!
    I remember myself my impatience… ended chemos, the health had to return, at once, now, immediately! The body needs a little regenerating time. But I promises you, the energy returns!

  • steve

    Hooky is a game you should play more often; it takes practice to become a skilled player. Take it from me, I'm a pro.

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