Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Final Post

After 108 blog posts and over 200 medical appointments, I happily, respectfully, thankfully, and prayfully write the final post of this chapter in our lives.
It has been almost four week s of “return to work” life and strength training.  And I am happy to report that things are going well.  Those first two weeks were tougher than I ever imagined!  Actually tougher to the point where I thought I wasn’t ready to return.  Tough you may ask? How so?  Well, I actually swelled up across the chest to the point where it was too sore to wear prosthetics and absolutely too sore for physical therapy on the left side of my body.  With creative dressing, laser therapy and acupuncture the swelling subsided and I am starting to feel more normal.  It will be interesting to see how the ol’ body adapts to increased work hours next week.  I will be working every day for four hours for the next two weeks. I still look forward to weekends and tend to sleep a little more now but time will help readjust to the pace of life.

Bobby, Alycia, Mikayla and Robbie still have mixed emotions regarding my return to work….however; it is because I think they were spoiled with hot breakfast, lunch and dinner, baking and laundry on a daily basis. With that said, it was/is time to reclaim some of my former life. Poor Zoe….she seems a little lost when I come home from work.  So far walks and snowshoeing are a priority for us both.

This past year and a bit has given me the opportunity to rethink life, love and happiness…..I am thankful for the awesome opportunity. As this is my final post to “we can with love” I thought I would share my final thoughts and promises:

I promise to be kinder, more patient, and more attentive to myself and to my family.  I promise not to get caught up in work life to the point where it takes over my home and family life.I promise to be thankful for every day….with and without snow and -40 wind chills.I promise to be a good friend, colleague, mother, wife, sister and daughter.
Please continue to pray or send good vibes and positive energy,  to all who are battling cancer  or other diseases and for a cure.
Thank you again for being a part of our crazy journey!

Much love, Shelley, Bob, Alycia, Mikayla, Robbie & Zoe
P.S. I found an App that will convert this blog to a book that I will cherish each and every comment/post and all posts in its entirety.  It will be on our end table when you come to visit! xo


  1. Amen Shelley :D To the closing of this chapter and opening each new day with gratitude.

  2. Cheers Mate!! :)

  3. Great to have you back to work!! But greater to see you doing so well!!!

  4. I am thrilled for you that you are able to write the final chapter. Well done!

  5. Hi Shelley,

    Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. It has been a heart-warming and enlightening experience.

    Your strength and determination will allow you to continue to live life to the fullest. Sending positive energy as always and also . . .

    . . . Big Love from Kelowna
    Kathy, Jeff, Turner, Madison and Kooper

  6. Dear Shelley, thank you for allowing us all to cry, laugh and pray together for you and with you. You are truly amazing!

    The Gorski Family
    Stu, Bonnie, Sam & Jack

  7. Thanks so much for sharing this journey Shelley. I appreciate you allowing us into your most personal thoughts and experiences while you battled as you did. I know you'll keep fighting, living, loving and laughing. You go girl!!!

    Tammy Jensen