Time just whizzes by. Last year my New Year’s resolution was to update this website at least once a month. Like most New Year’s resolutions… that never happened. It is not because I don’t care; it is a combination of being very busy and not really knowing what to write about. My passion to help people has not changed. It’s just that I have gotten so used to our life that I can’t really think of anything interesting and brain tumor or military related to write about.
Last year was certainly busy but looking back it seemed pretty uneventful in regards to Travis’ health. Don’t get me wrong, I am more than thankful that he is defeating his tumor but I feel somewhat removed from the caregiver role. I am not sure that I will ever “retire” from being a caregiver but Travis is significantly more independent than he was a couple of years ago. He is now in school full time and is working full time. He still lives with chronic pain in addition to other permanent adverse effects stemming from his tumors and the surgeries. However, over the last 12 months or so he has really learned how to manage his conditions in a way that allow him to live a more typical lifestyle. This does not meant that he does not have bad days; he still does from time to time. But he has more good days than bad.
This year we went on our first major vacation as a couple. Hawaii. I was nervous about going because I was worried he might not be able to participate in the physical activities that Hawaii is known for. He ended enjoying the ocean and snorkeling so much that within a month after we returned home he became a certified open water scuba diver another month later he became a certified advanced open water scuba diver.
This July 13th will mark the 4 year anniversary of Travis’ second (and last) surgery to remove his brain tumor. I doubt that when he was laying in the hospital trying to recover from surgery that he ever expected that he would be well enough to be doing everything that he is doing now.
As I reflect on the last 6 years I realize that the old saying, “no news is good news” pretty much sums up why this website had been on hiatus. I never thought that life could or would go back to normal for us but I was obviously wrong. I hope that this post gives you strength and encouragement that things can get better. Please do not ever hesitate to contact me regardless of the length of time in between my posts. I receive inquiries and comments from many people with many different stories and I am always willing to listen and do my best to help.