Patience For The Patient

I haven’t had much time to sit down and write over the past couple of months. I have a habit of biting off more than I can chew. Over the past two months, I’ve stretched myself thin by trying to finish remodeling one of our bathrooms… that I started 2 years ago, fix four lines in my sprinkler system that was absolutely destroyed when we had shrubs taken out and I took the fight to my former employer for what I believe to be a violation of my rights under the American’s with Disability Act.

Most people would say that taking 2 months to do what should have only taken a week tops isn’t something to brag about, but I’m just gonna have to disagree. The days of me being able to work at a normal pace or do normal things are over, but the time I spent doing it was absolutely some of the best time I’ve had since my stem cell transplant. It takes me almost 2 days to write a three page letter, I moaned, groaned and complained that I couldn’t do the things I used to and I acted just like a 2 year old when I had to lay down and take a nap because half an hour of work destroyed me, but in the end it was the results that mattered. I finished the bathroom, I fixed the sprinkler system and I’m knee deep into a pretty interesting lawsuit that should yield some pretty interesting results.

I’m not exactly new to doing remodeling, painting, laying tile, fixing the sprinklers or even writing out reports. I have years of experience doing all of that. What I can say about the work I did this time is that it is hands down some of the best work of my life. I had the time and patience to make sure I was putting my best work into it. In the end, it didn’t matter that it took so long because I was able to do the things that I love to do and the results are beautiful.

Isn’t fighting Multiple Myeloma all about being able to do the things I love to do in spite of what this disease does?  I have a better appreciation of what “A new normal for me” is now. I’m humbled by how far down I’ve come. I can do most of the things I used to do….. as long as I am smart about it, and sometimes it comes out better because I’m forced to take my time doing it. 



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