What season is your favorite? Mine is hockey
This is my winter season team, during our last game of the season, needless to say we were short a few players.Hockey.I have written about it many times. It has helped me get through a lot of things.Sports. One thing that helps cancer survivors survive ( I hate the word thriver or thrive, just my personal thing.)Some people run 5Ks, half marathons, marathons. Never understood the excitement about that, maybe I just don't like running, after all marathon comes from the legend of a Greek runner who was sent from Marathon to Athens to announce that the Persians had been defeated in the Battle of Marathon, and supposedly dropped dead after he relayed the news of the victory.This does not make me want to run a marathon.Back to the ice.We draft two seasons: Fall (Oct-Dec) and Winter (Jan-March)Fall season I was Co-captain of Apple Tree Inn. We were last in our 5 team league, with an abysmal 3-8-1 record. We didn't win either of our two playoff games and well we finished. We didn't win the season, however we didn't lose it either. My fall team, team Apple Tree Inn (seen below)short once again, without our Co-capt who was out of town on a job, had fun. We had a game where we got totally blown out by another team 8-0 and my team was in great spirits, because we were having fun (well I am not a goalie, I hope he had fun, even though we lost, sorry Zach.) I think I missed one game in the fall, I was going to participate in a bike race and, well that didn't happen. We didn't do great, but when one of the best players in the league tells you it was the most fun they had playing hockey, then you know, as a captain you did your job. ( I did a good job drafting the team, the hockey gods deemed it a non winning season.Winter season.New sponsor. It happens, businesses decided not to renew sponsorships, We have had several businesses do that. Since my co-capt and I had gotten 2 sponsorships, we decided to captain Trish Hartwick Coldwell Banker. Doing so we became the first all female sponsored and captained team in the league. Unfortunately once again my co-capt. was out, this time with an ankle injury. So we had more jerseys ordered before the season and then we drafted.I think I drafted pretty well, but again the hockey gods were not favoring us. We had a 4-6 season and we made it to the semi finals of the playoffs, if you look at the photo at the top of the blog you will see why we lost, most of our team was gone that day. Most people didn't expect us to make it that far. I am thinking our team didn't expect us to make it that far. I never doubted us. Not for a second.You see, every season that you draft, you draft not just people, but your team, that team becomes your family. For 13 games those player were my family. Family. if you have played hockey you understand. If you haven't, then it is difficult to explain. I don't like missing games. Most people don't. I really hate missing games.I know what it is like to not be able to play. I know the feeling when your body hates you, and you can't lace em up, step out onto the ice and skate with your team.I missed 1 game in the winter, I had bronchitis, I was coughing so much my doctor, who was also on my team, told me to come see her that week. I missed a game, I wasn't able to play.I coached from the bench. (Yelling probably wasn't good for my throat, but I am not the quietest person out there when I am at the rink)Having bronchitis reminded me of what it was like when I had to stop playing after I was diagnosed. It is weird how things can take you right back into that moment. It was a moment I will never forget.It was a moment I do not want to repeat.I may not be the fastest player out there, or the best, but when I am out there I will give 110% every game, because I know that any game you play could be your last. That is a scary feeling to know about the sport I love so much.So if you see me play, you will know why I skate hard, yes I like to win, but there is more to that sheet of ice that most people can see. That is why to me every game is a victory.To some it is just a game.To me it is a whole lot more.That is why I will keep skating. Check out my podcast The Cancer Warrior on Empoweradio.com available on demand, on iTunes, IHeart radio, the podcast app on your iPhone and on stitcher.
(Photo from www.sowhateverhappenedto.com about Pam Dawber)I found out about Robin Williams passing after waking up from a nap. My fiancé told me he committed suicide (at time of the writing of this blog that is what the news is saying). Anyone who is my age or older remembers Robin Williams from Happy Days and Mork and Mindy. Yes the younger generation knows him as Mrs. Doubtfire but I will always remember him fondly as Mork.In the 70's and 80's the comedy boom was happening, and many of the sitcoms would hire comedians as guest stars on their shows. In 1983 or 1984 I went to California on a trip. My parents knew some people who worked in the TV and Film industry. We were able to see a few shows on the Paramount Lot. We had front row seats to see Laverne and Shirley and Mork and Mindy. He was hilarious and quick, and yes I owned a pair of rainbow suspenders. I think this trip was what started my long love with Hollywood, and was one of the reasons I wanted to work in the industry. Depression.It is silent, it is painful, and you feel like you are completely alone. It can skew everything around you. You often feel like you cannot talk to anyone about how you feel. It is difficult, and mental illness still carries a huge stigma. I have written and talked about my battle with depression often. It is not easy to get out of the darkness and think that you can talk about it. You can, and you should.There are others who have felt like you do.With mental illness you are never alone.There is always help.There is always hope.I will remember Robin Williams for the laughs he brought me, not for his tragic death.I hope you will do the same.If you think you are depressed or suicidal please get help.Here are a few links:Bring Change 2 MindNational Alliance on Mental HealthNational Suicide Prevention LifelineI'll leave you with this quote from Robin Williams:What's right is what's left if you do everything else wrong.
It's been a while part 1
Image courtesy Stacey ReebWow. It has been almost 8 months since I have written anything on this blog. I guess I didn't really have much to say. I was busy playing hockey and enjoying every second of it. We didn't have a great year, but it is about having fun and improving, winning is great too, but we all know that doesn't happen all the time for everyone. It is strange that I enjoyed Winter so much, this winter the snowfall record was broken. It was endless. Usually that kind of thing would bother me, but for some reason this year it did not. I am just happy to be here!!! I did have surgery in March. At the end of last year I had an ultrasound and my OB/GYN saw that a small polyp I had grew. He looked at it and did a biopsy. I have known him for many years and he wanted to be straight up with me. "Mel, I have seen this many times, and I have to tell you that I believe it is cancer." Silence Shit I thought. He can't be right, and deep down I knew he wasn't. We brought my fiance in to discuss it. He was nervous. I still wasn't convinced. The doc was surprised how well I was taking it. I never believe anything until I get the results. At least this is what I tell myself (and others) It is hard to imagine having cancer again. You hit the 5 year mark and you think everything is ok. A few of my friends had a recurrance and passed away after their recurrance. Needless to say I was a little scared. Fast forward to a few days later. Doc texts me to tell me it isn't cancer. But we should remove it. I agree with his advice. He recommends a gynecological oncologist/surgeon to remove it. Oncologist just in case, when they do the surgery they will do a frozen section, in case the biopsy didn't get anything. The surgeon was cool and strictly by the book. A no nonsense doctor. Someone for me to have a little fun with. We talked about having a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) and he started to talk about statistics about removing the ovaries, (oopherectomy) and before he could finish I said, take em out! I'm not using them! Probably not what he was expecting to hear. After the surgeon left the nurse came in to schedule. I wanted to postpone the surgery because we had playoffs, and even though my team wouldn't win the trophy we could have secured 3rd place. My fiance Doug shook his head at me and the nurse's body language told me that would not be a possibility. So surgery was scheduled for a day after our championship game.This is part one. It is later than I thought, and there is more to the story, so I will say goodnight for now.
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