Where is my iPhone? Memorable Moments This Year

This is me 2 yrs ago with a ball from Li Na, before cancer! I miss the BNP open a lot!.

Ever had a few moments left over at the end of the day to actually contemplate your day? Well, how about contemplating the end of the year? Does everything seem fabulous at the end of the year or dreadful?

I guess that depends on if you are a person who sees the glass half-full or half-empty. I used to be a person who saw that glass half-empty. Now I don’t use a glass at all… I use a mug, so I can’t see what the heck is inside.

Life for me this year has been unpredictable, yet I haven’t had any huge health surprises, which is good.

You would never know it to look at me, but I still have cancer. I am not clear, I do not know if I will ever be really. But now if you ask me, “How have you been?” I do not answer, “Well, I have cancer.” I usually say, “I am much better!”

I have had a few poignant moments this year. I’ll choose a happy and proud one to share first.

Honored to Reflect

On Veterans Day, November 11, the Assistance League of Flintridge -- a nonprofit charity organization -- honored me as a special guest. They read a letter I had written about my 20 years in the Air Force, my experiences, my career as an Air Traffic Controller and a Computer Acquisition Specialist. 

In the letter, I described how I moved around quite a bit, but I loved it. I was able to see the world and appreciate different cultures, and have something in common with all of them, tennis!

  I was fortunate to play for many Air Force teams, and spread the Air Force good will. I was able to get my BS in business and an MBA in Industrial Relations. Like I said, I was fortunate. I want to thank all the ladies of a club I have belonged to for over 12 years for remembering me on Veterans Day.

And no one mentioned cancer! Thank you!

And on a funnier note, I also will remember a ridiculous moment in my life. Here goes:

Where’s my iPhone?

Who hasn’t said, “Where’s my phone?” All of us have, of course. So, when searching for my phone one day, no luck. Not anywhere. Apparently it was not turned on either! OMG! The worst thing that can happen. My world went silent. 

At first, I thought it was a good thing. Time went on. No phone. Then I realized all the many things on that phone. Yikes. Searching everywhere, I had to call in, reluctantly, the storm trooper, my husband. Though known as the Obie-Wan Kenobi of finding lost items, even he was at a loss. So, in keeping with tradition, I gave up, while the storm trooper continued to search into the night and finally, he emerged with the phone. 

He handed it to me. It was cold! I mean cold. Victoriously, he said, “I found it between cheddar and gouda cheeses in the refrigerator crisper!”

Karma is Unforgiving

Yikes. My mind started processing all those times that I said that my husband was losing his mind!

And, silly me, I told my kids. Immediately, my daughter texted “Your iPhone has 5 cheese messages.” My son decided to buy me a “cheesy” iPhone cover -- seriously, it’s a Mac and Cheese cover!

City of Hope

Finally, I must say my best moment of the year was going to City of Hope Cancer Center and seeing a graph of the “bad” cancer numbers going down. It is not perfect. I am not cured, but I am more energetic. My iron is better. I am on three pills a day that are like chemo, I guess. If they continue to work, I will be taking them forever. 

My doctor is wonderful. The nurses are fantastic. When I go to City of Hope, it is a positive experience. I am grateful. But most of all, I know that I have lots of happy things left to do.

I would love to travel. I go forward. I take care of things. I try to be forgiving when my kids tease me about being “cheesy.” Just wait until they’re my age!

Wishing You the Best

Finally, I look forward to all the end of year holiday offers. I give gifts. I watch Christmas movies. I read books. I pray for those less fortunate than me. I pray when I can’t sleep. But mostly, I think of my guardian angels, those who have passed on. I miss them a lot. But, I thank them for all their “secret messages.” I wish you all a wonderful holiday!  Oh- and if you can’t find your phone, call me. I might have just a “slice” of American wisdom for you!!  Sorry, I couldn’t resist. 

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