Taking a Break

Had to take a time out from Kayak 50 to deal with a breast cancer diagnosis. I had a mastectomy on August 2nd, a small revision surgery about five weeks later, and then finally on December 19th, I had the last reconstructive surgery.  It was a painful, long and weary time, yet also filled with many blessings.

The good news was plentiful: no chemotherapy, no genetic disposition (especially great for my kids), super-quick recovery, and a 16 percent chance of recurrence which is very low, even lower with dietary changes and supplements. Needless to say, much time was out of the kayak, however some enjoyably spent in my garden – a place of happiness and healing.DSCN7153It was a blessing to have friends and family visit me and everyone was such an encouragement!

Peter took good care of me especially in the first weeks when there was a lot to do medically speaking.DSCN7201 (2)While I was recovering, Peter made a trip to Oregon to buy land for our new home! We will be moving to Sisters in February. I moved my sister, Linda, into an assisted living facility in Bend from San Diego, good friend and kayaking buddy, Christian and his mom, Diane will join us, and I hope to convince my mom to move out too! Here’s a preview:

Nellie in our seasonal pond
Nellie in our seasonal pond
Yellow spring flowers
Yellow spring flowers
Tons of morels!
Tons of morels!
36 inch diameter juniper near the home-site
36 inch diameter juniper near the home-site
Views of Sisters Mountains
Views of Sisters Mountains

We will build as “green” as possible with passive and active solar design, building materials that are sustainable, and low impact on the land itself. We are very blessed and looking forward to 2018!

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