Closing One Chapter & Preparing for the Next

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 – a day I will always remember and one that marked a HUGE milestone for me…the closing of a chapter in my life. Over the past five years I’ve been walking a journey through cancer. At this point, surgeries and chemo treatments seem like another lifetime and life has moved on in so many ways. I’ve been so thankful for good health and strength. However I have never really been able to totally move on because I’ve still had to go every 3-6 months for checkups at the Cross Cancer. Having to go back and face all the memories again hasn’t been easy, but I’ve always been overjoyed to hear the words “Everything is good & we’ll see you again in 3 or 6 months…”. My checkup on August 20 marked 5 year since I finished my chemo treatments. At this appointment, once again I heard the words “Everything is good!”. But instead of being told…”See you again in 6 months.” I was told you don’t have to come back here again!! I can’t begin to convey in words what it felt like to hear that…joy, relief, a sense of freedom, truly being able to move on to a new chapter. As I walked out the long hallway to the underground parking that I’ve walked so many times…tears of joy filled my eyes. I’m so grateful for God’s faithfulness in my life and all of the amazing people who journeyed with me through this.

This picture is a look back to July 30, 2009 and the last of my 6 chemo treatments…with my chemo buddy, Suse who came to 5 of my 6 chemo treatments.

A few days after my appointment I received an important item for the next chapter of my life…my visa for Mozambique. The timing of it couldn’t have been any better! To me it just signified the closing of one chapter and the opening of another in a tangible way. I had no idea I could be so excited about a Fed Ex package! 🙂 I was SO happy to have my passport back in my hands complete with my visa. Of course the moment had to be documented…here’s the picture.


These past couple weeks have been a blur of tying up loose ends…when you’re leaving for a year there are a lot of things to think about. But I feel like I’ve got everything pretty much taken care of…I know for sure I have the two main things in place – plane ticket & visa! Another big thing this week was immunizations…and my left arm is still aching a little as a result of my lovely typhoid shot! It is so nice to continue to be able to check items off the list…
My days have also been busy (and will be until I leave)with meeting people for coffee, going for supper or just hanging out with friends…I’m enjoying all the moments and trying not to think too much about the fact I’m leaving in 9 days! So many conflicting emotions are swirling around in me all the time….sad to leave, excited to go, thinking “am I forgetting anything”…and the list goes on. I must admit I’ll be very happy to be on the plane really focus on what is ahead for me.

I guess the main thing left to do is….pull out the suitcases and try to figure out what I’m going to take with me for the next year! Hooray for a new chapter!

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  1. Darlene /

    What a lovely brief chat we had and it was so wonderful to see the joy in your face as you closed one chapter and have begun to walk into a new one. God is faithful and He hedges you in from above, below, beside, in front of, behind you, and all around you as you go forward into a new adventure. Be blessed!!

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