The Roosevelts Had It Right: Thursday, May 14, 2009

Regardless of what you think of FDR's New Deal policies and programs (and I sure hope you've at least heard of some of them!), the Roosevelts (that would be Franklin and Eleanor) had it right about at least two things:

First, Franklin , during his 1933 inaugural address when our country was in even worse shape than it is now...

"So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance."

Next, Eleanor...

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift that is why it is called the present."

I was reminded recently of these two famous quotes and thought that they made some good food for thought. They resonate with me right now because you have to move past any fear you have to advance in your fight against the dreaded "C" or you're finished...toast...fancy worm food (as Ali's dad, Dr. McCabe, likes to refer to us humans). It's that simple. Fortunately, as many of my family and friends know, I've never feared my intruder. (I've just been pretty pissed that it's going to take away my ability to have biological babies someday.) Also, even when you're fighting something as crappy as this disease, you have to celebrate the small joys of each day (like last night's fun and yummy vegan dinner at Christy's where my friends and I discussed Melissa R.'s deep sorrow at having to cancel her US Weekly subscription because she could no longer keep up with reading it, uh, weekly) because really, who knows what tomorrow will bring -- like, for example, a big Metro bus when you're not looking as you cross the street! So, those are two of the things I keep in mind as I face each day as a newly bald 32-year old woman.

In other news...

Since we all know I love a good workout, I've decided to start posting my daily workout stats (you know, kind of like Bridget Jones but instead of daily weight gain and cigarettes consumed, I'll post workouts ) so that I have a record of what I was able to during this cancer circus. Here's today's stats:

Rode the stationery bike for 30 minutes on hill interval setting at level 9
Completed one set (12) of push-ups (no, not the boy body can't handle that yet)
Completed one set (25) of crunches on the medicine ball
Stretched for 10-15 minutes (without question, the most painful part of the workout...I hate to stretch but I've just got to!)

Oh, and don't worry, I will be updating the Headed South, How Do You Like Me Now?, and the Concrete Jungle posts this weekend. I just have to load my new camera software in my computer and since I procrastinate doing what I'm not particularly good at, it's not going to happen until this weekend folks. But don't you fear, more photos ('cause I know that's what you all really want...) are on their way!

1 comment:

  1. Jmac,

    The girls and I celebrate every one of these "small joys" along with you. We are just as happy talking about bald heads and chemo as we are discussing our magazine woes. I feel so very blessed to have our circle of friends.