bicycle shop

It’s been awhile I know but I’ve been busy riding my bike, I’m close to riding 1,000 miles for the season. Knitting of course, getting in a routine now that the kids are back in school and of course still going to Boston every three weeks. The intense tiredness has returned along with joint pain and aches. I’m told that in October when I’m taking off the oral chemo I should feel much better. I’m determined to still keep riding my bike even though I’m not able to go as fast or as hard as I could a month ago. Volleyball is in full swing as well so I’m enjoying cheering on my girls. Last week we added to our family

20130915-185441.jpg meet Gunner he’s 21/2 and other than not liking being left alone he’s fantastic. So our Grey Ghost Bicycles now has an official Grey Ghost.


Started the day with a 22 mile bike ride in the country

Followed by some picking of natures candy on the side of the road


And now some knitting

My kind of Sunday.

There’s also a pink ribbon on the front, and I told hubby pink pedals with our pink Grey Ghost Bicycles Jersey would be perfect:)


It’s been awhile but I’ve been busy “living”. It seems life has returned to warp speed as if none of the past 7 months have happened. I still am “recovering” from everything and have my FINAL radiation tomorrow,woohoo!!!!I’ve been lucky in a since that I have only had a little fatigue and probably if I’m being truthful have been more grumpy/bitchy than tired. My skin for the most part has held up except under my armpit is pretty ugly looking. I’ve held off on posting the mastectomy/reconstruction pictures until after tomorrow so I could include what radiation did as well. I’ve been out speed walking, or doing the treadmill when the weather is nasty and have been doing a minimum of 40min each time 5-6x a week and a minimum of 3.5miles each time. So I’m pretty proud of that accomplishment. I’m following the plastic surgeons warnings on what jogging can do and have decided that speed walking for now is the way to go and hopefully hubby is going to surprise me with the awesome Giant Breast Cancer Road Bike so I can start cycling again:) Seriously this bike is awesome looking white with pink flowers and of course a pink ribbon. We celebrated Alyssa’s Thirteenth Birthday on March 16 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA There was also celebrating EasterOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA and comparing who has longer hair (pic taken two weeks ago)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We are twelve yrs apart so I’m going with he looks twelve yrs younger instead of the other way around;) One of my recent walks (5.7miles) was with my favorite exercising partner spring 2013 I love our talks we have and of course she always manages to update me on the countdown till she turns 16 and can get her permit (July 5) so Breast Cancer didn’t kill me but teaching her how to drive omg I’m scared:) She had her first Softball game yesterday and played fantastic and they Won!!! I think I’m still thawing out from it, it was freezing. Tonight Lax starts for Andrew so things are really in full swing now. Alyssa decided to take a break from a sport this spring and just work out with friends and chill, as a parent I’m glad that I only have two sports teams to navigate but am also sad that she opted not to play softball again this year…Treadmill time since the weather is not wanting to cooperate today so be back soon:)

As I sit here waiting to ring in another New Year it seems to have taken on a different meaning.. We usually throw a big New Years Eve party but this year I new it would be to much, so hubby and I had an early dinner at a new Thai restaurant followed by Starbucks, while the kids had some sibling time before the girls headed to their friends for a few hours and I get to spend some time with my two guys watching the New Years Eve coverage on tv and knitting. While 2012 drastically changed back in August I’ve learned that I’m stronger than I ever thought,found out who my true friends really are and who I can count on, that our hospital has a great cancer center with caring and compassionate Dr’s,nurses and staff, because shit I have Breast Cancer and got to experience it first hand. I’ve fought to live and survived 8 doses of Chemo over 16 weeks, and no have a different perspective on a lot of things, such as, that while having no hair is getting old and cold 😉 and the 20 freaking pounds I’ve gained thank you steroids, really aren’t that big of a deal in the greater scheme of things. I plan on starting 2013 with the hopes of a simpler year, meaning less focusing on the material things, getting rid of crap and clutter we really don’t need, living more in the moment(less multi-tasking), not stressing over things I just can’t control, and while I have surgery coming up two weeks from today knowing that I can handle that too and that yes it’s scary but it’s one more step in insuring that I hopefully never have to go through this again and another perk no pun intended ok maybe a little pun is I will have bigger maybe better boobs that will never sag when I’m an old old lady, because I firmly have to believe that there has to be a positive spin on everything we go through, whether it be realizing how strong we are, being able to bring awareness and help others, sadly making the children who have a parent going through this maybe stronger more compassionate people when they grow up because yea it makes me furious that my three babies have to experience a parent with cancer so there HAS to be something positive to come from it all. I plan on continuing awareness for Breast Cancer and raising money for it and so thankful that hubby’s shop has joined me in that act by donating part of sales from every cycling jersey and shorts kits,(and yes there’s a cool pink kit that I can’t wait to get and wear on my pink Kelly Bedford custom bike hubby has promised me) and in the spring their going to do a benefit ride too which I would like to take part in but not sure if I will be strong enough for, or if Oncologist will ok since radiation and  more surgeries may be around that time:(, getting back in shape again and knowing when out on a jog, or cycling and it hurts and I want to puke that I can work through it because after chemo and all I still have to go through than  I’m not going to let anything or anyone get the better of me ever again!!!I’m also looking forward to a year from now resuming hosting our big New Years Eve bash…So Happy New Year All MAKE IT COUNT!!!!!

Since we where able to do  some “normal” things this past week I wanted to post about it..

First there was the first day of school

followed by a lot of fun at the apple orchard. It’s funny how things work out, due to the weather apple picking is four weeks early which for us works out perfect because who knows how I will be feeling four weeks from now..somethings never change, she’s had the same pouty face since she was a toddler and the same stomp of the foot that still makes me laugh because she just can’t keep that foot from not stomping;)Watching my girls play a sport they love is incredible and makes me so proud of them both even when I’m yelling/cheering from the stands.and as if life hasn’t become crazy enough with being sick hubby has had something in the works for months so here’s a little hint I’m so proud of him and even though things are going to be tough for a while we also have something exciting to look forward too and help our minds take a break from cancer…oh yea and the pie I made from the apples was eaten before I could get a picture and the apple sauce was whisked away to the freezer. Apple crisp is on this weekends menu.