Updated: Feb 8, 2022
I have not spent enough time on my website this year, and the year is about up. In a blink of an eye, 2021 is about to turn into 2022. And like so many people, I have experienced many challenges this year. From family to job to health, it has been crazy. Yet, during these challenging days, we realize what is essential. It puts things in perspective, and it makes us see more clearly.
The last few months, I have been going through a list of things that I usually try to get done before January 1 rolls. One was my mammogram. I am faithful to this. I believe in preventative health care and never miss my yearly appointments. I had recently had a family visit for a few days in which we did a lot of traveling to see other family members, shopping, eating out, cooking, visiting, and doing a lot of catching up. It was a great time had by all, but it ended like all things. I said goodbye to my family at the airport and was missing them as soon as I lost sight of them in the crowd. In that same instance and strange way, I was glad to know I was about to slip into my old routine.
Monday morning came. The routine kicked it. Lights, coffee, disarm the alarm, put the trash out, grab my keys to go out, and hunt for the newspaper that the paperboy seems to toss into the nearest flowerbed almost daily. Finally, I made a run for my shower and decided to do a quick self-check breast exam. I was going to schedule my yearly appointment later that day, so this self-check motion just came to me at that moment. And there it was—a lump in my breast.
My heart sank. My mind raced. Everything became clear in an instant. What mattered to me had never been more apparent.