My summer has been filled with highs and lows. I finished up the math class I was taking this summer a few weeks ago. I was only two points away from receiving an A in the course, but near the end of the course things came up and I couldn’t dedicate the time I had been. Which I guess that’s good enough segue into my next subject. In July, my Dad was diagnosed with cancer. He discovered lumps in his breast which got him to the doctor in the first place, but a CT scan also found spots in his lung, and later another doctor thought there might be something on his liver as well. It has been a really stressful time for all of us, because it seemed like a waiting game between tests to find out what type of cancer it was and how far along it was. Not only that but my Dad is 72 years old so that’s also something else to worry about. They removed his breast and we finally got the news that the spots in his lung were most likely Histoplasmosis and it may just be cysts on his lungs; and so they determined it was breast cancer. He started his first round of chemo Thursday and will do three more treatments every three weeks. He will also be doing radiation but we will have to see how chemo goes before they determine how much is needed. Even though he’s not out of the woods just yet, we’re all feeling a bit positive that we’re moving toward something.
Onto happier things… I went back to NJ and NYC the first week of August and spent time with Andy. If you count his visit to me at New Year’s this will be the fourth time we’ve seen each other this year. I think that’s a record! I set up this trip so that I’d get to spend my birthday with him. We spent a day at Point Pleasant with his friends Dawn and Barbara and later I got burnt to a crisp. Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever been burnt that badly! (I have a nice tan now!) Andy treated me to Cirque du Soleil : Zarkana; this was my first Cirque show and I loved it. He also took me to see Zach Braff’s play “All New People” which was great the more I reflect on it. It seems like in the past, things I really want to see happen right before I come or after I leave, but my timing was perfect to catch this show. I feel like being so far away from a cultural hub I miss out on a lot of things that may or may not have an impact on me now or down the line. Other people do without so I suppose if I don’t think too much on it I’m not missing out. Finally, on my actual birthday I was treated to a delicious meal at one of our favorite restaurants. I think experiencing these things is definitely better than any gift.
Those were two big things that happened this summer. Outside of the last few weeks my summer has been pretty uneventful. As you might’ve read in a previous entry, I completed Project 50, finished my book challenge a few months early (11 books in ’11) – unfortunately, none are really worth blogging about, my brother came to visit *twice*, and in my last two days of freedom I saw Glee Live in 3D. It was pretty amazing and makes me want to see them in concert!
Classes start back tomorrow, and while I’ve been looking forward to going back to UofL, I wish I had a couple more days to relax. It’ll be OK though. I have a few things to look forward to in the coming weeks, such as the AIDS Walk (please donate!), and my fourteenth (!!!) Hanson show next month in Nashville. I’m thinking about going back to Nashville to see Chromeo in October but both of these shows fall on weeknights. There are very few things I’d miss a Hanson concert for; sleep isn’t one of those things. Not sure if I like Chromeo enough to go straight after school and come back that night as well. We’ll see…