I had plans and schemes for the new year. Having breast cancer was not part of those.
When I met Vic & Vickie, I couldn’t imagine a more suited client to work with. When I was first introduced to their Xander Bunny, I secretly wanted one for myself. That surprise in the mail? It was just that: my own Bun-Bun (yes, I named it Bun-Bun) ordered for me by a high school friend who was connected with Lavender Life through me. How cool is that?!
But what adult needs a stuffed toy? At that moment, and for all the tests and scans and procedures and recoveries that came later, I did. And now that I’m getting back to a semblance of normalcy, I still do.
Most of all, along with the candles, mugs, and other thoughtful keepsakes I was given, it reminded me that I was loved. Facing a life-threatening illness is hard. Love makes it easier.
Until recently, the consequences of sleep deprivation weren’t really known—other than the obvious irritability that we, and everyone else around us, experience. What we’re learning now is that alienating those closest to us is the least of our concerns. Lack of sleep can affect brain function, dull memory, and impair judgement. It can make us gain weight and can age our skin. And, it can cause serious health problems.
That should wake us up, shouldn’t it?! But, now what?