I am working on a trip for just me. Yes, just me. I am going to Mary's Place By the Sea www.marysplacebythesea.org/ which is a retreat location for female cancer patients. My treatment is done but that does not matter (and is it really ever "done" - I am on daily hormone pills, tri-monthly Lupron shot and a clinical trial).
I will be spending the weekend there with a new/old friend - someone who also has dealt with the beast of breast cancer. We will be able to get nutrition guidance, massages (I am not into it but if it something that can help with some post-treatment issues, I am down ) how-to-balance-with-one-boob.html) and also YOGA - my best friend in life is yoga and yet I find it so hard to do my routine. I am still on a cardio kick the-weight-of-a-breast.html.
Is it terrible that I excited about being away from my responsibilities for a bit? I am someone who always gives 100000+% in fact some of my mom girlfriends are still shocked that I let me kids go out without me now. It is something I knew I had to work on and getting hit with breast cancer gave me no choice about it - I had to let go.
In letting go, I realized that I have not been doing anything for me. I mean when cancer treatment is your "thing" you do for YOU and that's it, there might be something wrong with you (or me).
As the trip gets closer (I had requested a trip there over the summer; there is a waiting list), I am getting a teensy bit guilty. Of course, now is the time the kids are realizing what it "could" be like without me as I had to spend a few nights in New York City during my dad's surgery (the-oh-sht-playbook-or-being-my-dads-daughter.html) but that was not at all a relaxing time.
This trip is a way for me to recharge and reconnect with me in a place where I can just be me. I do not have to be wife, sister, daughter, mom - I can just be me. This organization is here for women who go through cancer and the retreat weekend is totally free of cost (I just have to drive to the place and drive home). Meals are included and are plant based so that is a big win for me as I am so focused on my nutrition.
I will be sharing tons from my retreat with photos and videos, too. Keep watching my social media and this blog to find out more about getting away as a mom. I am one of the last people I know to do a trip without kids... I think people are already betting on me cracking but hey I faced cancer and did not crack (much) so I hope I can manage a weekend away to just be me.
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