It is hard to believe it has nearly been a year since my last blog post—I am not sure if I have ever had this long of a gap between posts, but here we are!
So what has been going on? In a nutshell, life! In late April 2022, my father was unexpectedly diagnosed with diffuse large B cell lymphoma; specifically he has a genetic variation that is rare known as triple hit lymphoma. I have been busy the last 10 months helping him navigate life with lymphoma and his Rituxan immunotherapy treatments as well as some other aging challenges. In addition, I retired from public education in Georgia after reaching my thirty years of service. I am grateful for the timing as my dad needs me, and I would not be able to teach full time in public school and take care of him as well.
While my last two months of school were a bit chaotic with my dad being hospitalized and trying to finish the school year, I was still able to experience moments of joy with my 8th graders in those final weeks. I am also thankful to my colleagues at Chestatee Academy who were so supportive and helped make a challenging time easier. I hope at some point to share some learning strategies and reflections that never made it to the blog during 2022-23 because school life and home life were all just too busy.
I am not sure what comes next week as life is very uncertain these days, but I just take things a week at a time and try to be proactive for whatever comes our way. In the end, that’s all any of us can do as life has a way of throwing us curveballs at any time. My goal is to find the silver linings and to see change as an opportunity for new paths and chapters.
If you are still reading this blog, I will try and tie up loose ends with some new blog posts that will focus on some learning strategies and ideas that were really powerful for me and my students. Until next time, take care and be well!
I’m so sorry for all you have been going thru, we have lost touch and that is sad, I have thought of you often. I too have been battleing issues, Bud was diagnosed with Least Body Dementia five years ago and were told the life of disease is seven years, so we like you take one day at a time. The disease is affecting his memory but is destroying his leg muscles, he can’t walk far before we stop and rest a few minutes a d just continue to repeat the process of start and stop. In Oct. He was diagnosed with Marcel Cell Carcinoma stage four so they rushed him into surgery right away, thank God we were blessed a second time it seems that they got all the cancer. You may remember that Mike Mize had Lewey Body the only case I ever knew.. I will pray that God gives b you strength to handle whatever comes your way. I Love You girl , Barbara
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Barbara, I’m so sorry we’ve lost touch as well. The last two of three years have really been a blur for me, and I’m sure for you as well!
I am going to text you later today (hopefully I still have the current number). I am so sorry for Bud’s health struggles; I know the last time we chatted he was at the early stages of that, and we will keep you in our prayers. That form of dementia is just devastating; I can’t imagine trying to cope with that on top of the cancer.
We love you and Bud, and both of you are in our prayers. I will try to message you today and hope we can catch by phone in the next week or so. Much love, Buffy
Buffy, so sorry about all this – and that I haven’t been more in touch. Glad you were able to retire and be there for your father, because economics aside, family and friends are far more important than work.
I’m sure that whatever you do next you will be amazing at and I can’t wait to hear what that is.
Laura, thank you for the kind words, and I’m sorry I haven’t been in better touch as well. Since my mom passed in 2014, I’ve been like a little turtle withdrawing into my shell and just kept a low profile!
I would love to catch up sometime soon with you via phone or Zoom. I am working part time for now and staying busy with dad, but I’ll reach out to you via email and try to connect. Thank you again for the positive vibes—I sincerely appreciate that so much!