I’ll give a quick summary of our recent highlights here and will look forward to filling you in on more after my scan and the subsequent visits to see the rest of my medical entourage that inevitably follow. I’ve had the blessing and pleasure of doing quite a bit of traveling recently in addition to several exciting magazine interviews. I mentioned in my last update that I was going to Israel after being invited by the Atlanta Christian College after giving a talk there in February.
To say the trip was amazing would be a vast understatement. Regardless of your religious beliefs, Israel is a fascinating country with Jerusalem being a big highlight. It was absolutely a marvel to see first-hand where three of the world’s major religions converge and the expansive history this country boasts. People keep asking me about the safety over there and I have to say I felt extremely safe. There are certainly areas that are not advisable to wander around in but there are areas of Atlanta, New York and LA that I would not wander around in either. I traveled over by myself, rode two hours in a car with a complete stranger and could not have had a better experience. The driver and I were exchanging hugs when we parted ways after
discussing the commonalities of our very different faiths along the way. Pretty cool. That’s one of the things I love most about traveling, the reminder of the universal language of a smile and a open heart and that there are wonderful people wherever you go.
So a few days after I returned from a life changing trip to Israel, Neil and I boarded a plane to Las Vegas for a long ago planned trip to celebrate our good friend Dr. Joe Greco’s completion of his Plastic Surgery training. We’re super proud of his hard-earned milestone but yes, I know there must be some unwritten rule about not going from the Holy Land to Sin City in three days time. What can I say, when an
opportunity to go to the Holy Land falls in your lap, you don’t say no you just go! I do have to admit though, it was pretty hilarious to go from riding a camel, floating in the Dead Sea and exploring the Mt of Olives one day to the flashing lights, thumping music and glitzy dresses of Vegas the next. Here’s to variety and just going with it! We had a lot of fun and glowed with pride of our friend’s achievement.
Neil and I took the opportunity of this preplanned trip to the West Coast as an excuse to further mix things up and celebrate Neil’s upcoming 40th birthday by taking our
first road trip together and signing up to play “pioneers” by whitewater rafting and camping out along the Colorado River. So the Holy Land to Sin City became Stilettos to Tevas. Yikes! But hey, why not, right?! More on this later but, needless to say, we are blessed to have
had so many amazing opportunities come our way.
And speaking of amazing opportunities…! In the last few weeks I’ve also done some really exciting interviews that will appear in the Fall issues of CURE and MORE magazines. I’m actually pretty blown away by my good fortune and the landslide of blessings God has brought our way. Truly humbling. It truly is amazing how things can turn around, isn’t it? :) Actually there’s a ad out right now that says it best (can’t remember for what), “Life opens up when you do.” I just love that. Apparently I’m wide open because…WOW!
And then there’s my scan on Monday that brings me back down to earth and reminds of of what it’s really all about, what’s truly important and the amazing blessing of support from all of you along our cancer journey and beyond! Thank you in advance for your prayers and happy thoughts on Monday. They mean more than you could ever know and have no doubt been a “difference maker” in my journey.
Looking forward to showing that scanner a thing or two on Monday!
Onward and upward…
*Also, I’ve posted some photos here but there are more on my Facebook Fan Page (praying at the Wailing Wall, floating in the Dead Sea, other shots of Utah and more) if you want to check them out. Oh and feel free to “like” the page while you’re there too, if you haven’t already! (Subtle, huh?? :))