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Thursday, September 18, 2008

A Brand New Year

Today I am 29. I don't think I have ever looked forward to a birthday as much as this one. I know that 30 is the "BIG" one for most people, but for me, it's 29. I have accomplished a lot in my 20's. For example, I graduated from college, I got married, I moved away for 2 1/2 years, I began my teaching career, I moved back to Springfield, I got pregnant, I had a miscarriage, I got pregnant again and gave birth to Charley Ryan, I ended my teaching career, Ryan and I started our own business, and.....I got breast cancer. Whew! I have been busy the past several years! Out of all the years in my 20's however, 28 was the hardest. I started 28 sick in the hospital with an unknown bacterial infection. Two months prior, my dad had been in the hospital for a week because of pneumonia. In March, Charley spent several days in the hospital due to dehydration from a nasty bug. Charley felt bad for being the only one who was sick so she was kind enough to pass it on to Ryan and I for several days. In May, I discovered a lump in my right breast. No big deal right? Wrong. Two weeks before Charley's 2ND Birthday I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Two weeks after Charley's birthday I had bilateral mastectomy's. In August I began chemo therapy and am almost half-way done.

Don't get me wrong, 28 wasn't ALL bad. Our family has some wonderful memories from the past year. However, age 29 has never sounded so "fresh" and "new" to me. Although I am starting age 29 in the same way I ended age 28, I feel an abundance of life ahead of me. I feel that God is going to do some amazing things in my life this year. I am so thankful for another birthday. Goodbye 28......Hello 29!


Mary Ibbetson, NY said...

Happy Birthday, Melody!

H P Austin said...

Happy 29th Mel! I am praying this year will bring you some happiness, peace, recovery, and lots of good memories.

I love you and always have appreciated your friendship. Thanks for being like a sis to me. Love HIL

Julie said...

Happy Birthday!!! I pray you have a wonderful 29th year.

Anne said...

Happy Birthday Chic!

Hope its a great one! This one is definately one you will NEVER forget. After next year, they all just kind of run together.

Love, A

beccaw said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I hope you have a great one. I know this year is going to bring great things for you and your family, I am excited for your future! Keep on truckin, you're an amazing warrior.

HollyB said...

Happy 29th birthday! We pray for new and amazing years ahead. Enjoy and savor the goes quickly into 30 ;)
Todd & Holly