On the up and up

1 Jul

Aloha! Since my post two weeks ago, I’m happy to report that I’ve returned to work full time and even managed to make it to Hawaii for the State Bar of Nevada’s Annual meeting.  With my husband – a.k.a. male nurse, bell boy, and official island tour guide – in tow, we left a week ago Sunday for Kaua’i.  I’m an infamous over-packer, but I managed to reach new heights on this trip, as I had packed enough medical supplies to set up a remote triage center.  Thankfully everything went incredibly well and I only needed a fraction of what I brought.

The Hawaiian culture has a rich history filled with stories legends. I’m typically not the kind that gets caught up in any type of mythology; however I must say, there is definitely something magical about the islands.  Immediately upon arriving, any aches and pains I was experiencing from my wound (which is still approximately an inch wide and an inch deep) immediately vanished for the entire week I was there.  I was blown away by the amount of energy I had, and the physical tasks I was able to perform.  Even a week prior to the trip, I wouldn’t have even fathomed being able to accomplish half of what I did.  Interestingly enough, on our way back home, we had a layover in Los Angeles and the moment we landed I began having a dull pain in the wound area.  I got to thinking…might it be best if I went on disability and moved to Hawaii?!

Our week in Kaua’i was very busy, filled with meetings, seminars and work-related social activities, but we managed to find a few moments to escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy the island as tourists.  One afternoon we went kayaking on the Wailua River and after an ill-described ‘amateur’ hike, we arrived at a secret waterfall.  I’m sharing this photo in hopes that everyone can enjoy it, because it literally took blood, sweat and tears to reach this location! (Okay well maybe not tears, but you get the point).

The 'secret waterfalls' of the Wailua River

The next day we were in need of a more relaxing excursion and opted for a catamaran boat tour along the Napali Coast.  You may be familiar with this scenery if you’ve ever seen Jurassic Park – much of the movie, including the scenes from the helicopter were shot from here. (Please ignore the distended stomach and matronly bathing suit…I’m hoping they both are temporary!)

Em & Nick along the Napali Coast of Kauai

All in all, it was a successful trip – personally and professionally. I am so fortunate to have such supportive colleagues that aided and encouraged me the entire time. Being able to return to work is so therapeutic for me, as it represents a sense of progress and accomplishment.  Now that it has been a month since my surgery and I’ve had a few weeks to heal, next week I’ll begin the first in a series of IV treatments to help prevent any continuous metastatic disease.  Then, at the end of summer I’ll have another PET scan to asses the current situation…fingers crossed the scans are clear and there is nothing to be seen.  I’ve had enough of this cancer thing.

7 Responses to “On the up and up”

  1. Rita Hartert July 1, 2011 at 5:29 am #

    I think getting away for a working vacation is exactly what you and Nick needed, and deserved. ……..and so great for you to feel well during this time. So happy for both of you. Much love, and thanks for this posting.

  2. Angela July 1, 2011 at 5:30 am #

    Beautiful!! Looks like it was a wonderful trip!!!

  3. Casie Kindl July 1, 2011 at 6:15 am #

    You look great, Em! I am so happy to hear that you’re on the up and up. Love you guys.

    Dustin, Casie and Carson

  4. Carrie Terrones July 1, 2011 at 7:28 am #

    Your ROCK that matronly suit…beautiful pictures and glad the trip went well!

  5. diane rislow July 1, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    I really enjoy your blogs Emily. They are always uplifting and they really help me sort out what is important in life. One of those important things is humor. Humor can turn a hard time from tears to uncontrollable laughter. It can also turn a HUGE mountain into a mole hill. Just want you to know I admire you so much. You have your Mom’s never-give-up spirit and your Dad’s amazing smile.

    Your pictures were so good of your trip! My daughter and her husband just came back from the same island you went to! They have been trying to adopt for over two years and it looks like it will be another year. They are trying to adopt twins from Ethiopia. They needed a stress-reliever and the island proved to be just what they needed. Glad you found the same relief from your trip.

    Still praying for you Emily. God is working through you to reach all of us. Diane (I met you at the Fool’s Five Race)

  6. Megan Baldonado July 2, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    Your trip looks/sounds fabulous! I’m sure it’s just what you needed. So glad to hear things are going well. Thinking of you!

  7. Ariana Davidson July 2, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    There’s something about you. You always look healthier/stronger than anyone else you’re ever photographed with. Stay well and have a happy 4th.

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