When 2015 started out I definitely wasn't expecting another ovarian cancer diagnosis. It was quite a shock, but I've done the best to enjoy life even under the circumstances I have been given. Even through it, I can always find wonderful things that I love.
Of course I have many favorites from this year, but I'll just give you my top 15 and in no particular order.
1. After what seemed like forever, over 3 years I finally was able to move my "stuff" from a storage unit into an apartment. Oh, I thought I'd never see the day, but I am so happy to finally have a place again to call my own, even if it is much smaller than my house. I love where I live and feel that I was specifically suppose to move there. I have an amazing ward who has taken great care of me. I've especially loved having my friend from High School move just behind me. Speaking of my house, it was nice to finally sell it and not have to worry about it clear across the country any longer.
2. It was fun to have mom, dad and my sisters visit in February. I so much enjoyed going to Mexico and Disneyland even if it was only for 1 day each, while they were in town.
3. Finally being an employee of EMP again has been wonderful, even though I've been away from work longer than I worked. I'm grateful to be part of this amazing company and for the support they have given me as I've unfortunately been off while having chemo again. I look forward to returning hopefully March 10.
4. Mom's 60th Birthday Party was such fun. It was a joyous occasion to celebrate such an incredible woman.
5. I've had several visits with my friend Aubrey this year. Each have been memorable and relaxing.
6. The first annual Teal Diva 5k which I did with many of my dear friends from Charlotte meant so much to me. I was ever grateful for Tenielle and Pamela to come as well, even though it took them many hours to drive from DC. It was fun to show them some of my favorite things about Charlotte too.
7. Of course my time in MVY is always at the top of my list. I wonder though if I'm jinxed, because every time I go there something crazy happens (like being diagnosed with OVC). However, I was grateful to have the best care from the top OVC doctors in the country. I so much enjoyed all who visited me in MVY.
8. Of course it was sad to have Grandpa Young and Grandpa Randy pass away this year, but I'm ever grateful for the time I was able to spend with my family because of their passing. I belong to an incredible family.
9. I loved being home for a few weeks in July to have lazy swim days with my nieces, nephews and friends, even if it was because I had to start chemo.
10. Disneyland for an entire week with my family was of course the highlight of the year. What fun we had being together and making memories.
11. The Young Family Halloween Party never disappoints and neither did this years.
12. I loved when my friend Jenny visited Phoenix in January. By far one of the most fun I'd had in a while. I so much enjoyed hiking in Sedona with her. It is beautiful and we were brave to climb up the scary mountains, but the views were worth risking our lives.
13. Passing my boards after studying for them over the past year feels very invigorating. Thankfully I don't have to take them again for 10 years.
14. Spending a week in Charlotte in December and seeing so many of my friends was awesome. I know I say it often, but I have the best friends ever.
15. Being home for the past almost 2 months has been wonderful. The only thing great coming from OVC is that I didn't have to stress about having to work the holidays. It was nice to be home during chemo treatments and to have my mom take care of me. She worries about me more than I worry about myself for sure. I'm so grateful that I've been able to have treatments in MVY, Phoenix, and in Boise. May the coming year be without chemo and cancer. My CA-125 was 25 last week and I'm hoping in the coming weeks it is in the teens. It is my hope to finish chemo February 9.
Bonus: Tuesday after chemo we made gumbo and then