I tried to start this yesterday, but was not successful. The sun was too bright I guess. In any event, we had an awesome service at church yesterday. The music was fabulous - a great variety. Of note was Before The Marvel of This Night. I referred to this song in a post this past summer. Well, we had Alex on grand piano, Kris on upright bass and Kara on flute. Our choir also had two friends join us, Jennifer (a fab soprano) and Bronwyn (a fab alto). Something happened during that song. I felt it and I hope others did as well. It was the best we have ever sung it. The spirit was definitely there and definitely united. I had a very strong sense of being part of the greater mystery. Also of note for me, cause I was enjoying it immensely was the quartette - me and Jane and Aileen and Lori performing an arrangement of The Holly and The Ivy - I just had a blast, holding down the alto bass part while singing a great line. All of the music was great - Karen and Leah with their organ and piano duet at the beginning. Music Director Karen did a great job!
Yesterday morning Stan Karew played my version of What We All Want For Christmas. Then Mary called, then Lee left a message, and the sun was gloriously looking down upon us all. Lynn and Linda dropped off some music and chocolates: Lifted, Songs of the Spirit - a great compilation and I had the chance to listen to Sanctuary - wow - that takes you places. Janet dropped by with an interesting book: "You Can't Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought". Earlier in the day Liz called and asked if I wanted to go horseback riding. So, you can see, there is so much love.
I arrived at chemo on Friday at the appointed time, resolve in hand, only to find the decision had been made to allow my mouth to heal further. So, no aredia. My next Abraxane is Jan 7. My calendar is filling to March. I'm in quite a bit of pain after this past treatment, but managing it with prescription drugs. Let's hope this passes quickly!
When I was resting after Friday's treatment Janice dropped by with the most incredible array of homemade Christmas sweets. Absolutely beautiful. Aunt Lil also dropped in
Okay, enough for now. My aim is to heal before tomorrow night. Doris Mason is hosting a Winter Solstice Serenade at Glasgow Square. I am to sing What We All Want and with the ensemble Hey, Do You Know the Meaning? I really, really, really, want to be there. It's my 4 year anniversary since original diagnosis. Missing the New Horizons concerts hurts, but let's get real, there is absolutely no way I could have done it. I bet they sounded great!
Peace, Emma Lee