Good morning and Happy 4th of July to you.

This is Tina.  I have taken over Michael’s blog for this week.

July 4th may be my favorite holiday.   This holiday seems to bring families together for fun and laughter.  There is the neighborhood July 4th parade that allows all of us to be kids again.

For me, there is nothing quite as spectacular as watching fireworks.

Last night I was watching NYC fireworks and was amazed.  I have been fortunate enough to be in Washington DC on the mall and watched the fireworks in person.

After last night, NYC is on my bucket list.

Celebrating my 4th on the 5th

Today is my 4th and final chemo treatment.

I want to share with you what I have learned over the past 9 weeks.

First, we all agree that Cancer Sucks!

I have seen so many other patients dealing with this disease in so many different ways.  I feel incredibly fortunate for how straightforward my treatment has been.

Secondly, as much as you try to act normal your body is in charge.  I am not a good patient (ask Michael).  I keep thinking that I can do everything that I normally do.  It took the 3rd chemo treatment to teach me to listen to my body and give it the rest it needs to recover and fight for me.

I read this blog and would implore you to take a few minutes and read.

What your friends with cancer want you to know (but are afraid to say).

Point #3 is probably the one that I agree with so much.

When you have this disease you really want to be “normal”.

Thanks to everyone for everything.  The prayers, the calls, the cards.  I know that there is more than just me and that helps a ton.
Have a fun-filled July weekend.  It looks like our weekly Sunday thunderstorms are finally going to give way to heat and summer.

Michael will be back writing next week and I know you will want to read about his take on being a 1%er.

Tina Tannery

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