Can you believe it, I actually took vacation time from work to actually go on vacation!!!
August 2004 is the last vacation I have been able to go on. That was a memorable trip as it was to Egypt for a month to meet my now Ex family, but I got to see all the fantastic places I dreamed about for many years. Since then, my vacation time ends up being extra sick days cause when the brain tumors want the day off ….. they get the day off LOL
We realized this year that my time off wasn’t the right amount and I got some days added. WooooHooo and yippy skippy for me! The blizzard that took place in January sealed the deal and where I’ve wanted to go for some years now was becoming a reality.
Y’all have read in my previous blogs how much I love my family and I’ve got Three Great Big Brudders. Well the youngest of those 3 is Kevin and he lives nearby so we see him when he stops by with the kids. Big brother John is down in Florida and though it may be a few years, we’ve been lucky to drop in and visit. He’s in Orlando so there’s Disney World, Yankee’s Spring Training and I even got to catch Elton John and Billy Joel’s dueling pianos concert. But Steve, well he’s been in Chicago since, hmmm many years, and when he comes home for Christmas weekend it’s s the only time we get to see him.
“Suz, when are you coming to visit?” He even gave me a plane ticket gift card for Christmas one year. I kept trying to explain, that I’ve learned the hard way to listen when I wake and “the body” says ummmm No, you’re not going anywhere today. So unless it’s Friday Night to Sunday Night, vacation hasn’t been possible. I have found places to go and people to see on the weekends, Philadelphia Sci-Fi (PhilCon). Although most of my weekends now are with Mom and Dad, checking up and keeping them moving around. Lots of Laughs too. But no trips to Chicago till Now!
When we worked out my correct time off I smiled and said, I know where I want to go this year! I even hummed Chicago Chicago It’s My Kind Of Town LOL. The question became when, when is the best time for work, best time for mom and dad? Then it happened, I was supposed to go to the Heroes & Villians FanFest at the NJ Meadowlands Expo the weekend of January 22-23rd. FanFest to meet the stars of TVshows Arrow, Gotham, Legends of Tomorrow and The Flash.
However, Mother Nature had other plans and the Blizzard happened. Mind you that I was not sad about the snow, being winter girl and it was the weekend before my birthday, you can read all about my love of snow in previous blogs. But, it did screw up plans for the FanFest, although many of the stars were there and lots of people were in the hotels around, it was fun to watch the postings on Facebook.
I was a tad bummed about missing the HVFF until I went to the website to see where would they be next……. Chicago March 12-13!! A quick text to Steve, “Hi Steve, just wondering, how is the weather in Chicago in March?” I explained why and he told me to think it over and get back to him. The plan was in motion, in my head at least, FanFest 12-13 and how great because Steve’s birthday is on the 10th.
A few days of thought, and planning with Work and Mom/Dad for the time away and things were set. Of course, what do I wear, had to get some new things because I didn’t want to look bad for Steve and his friends. I actually wasn’t nervous, of course I do my best planning and thinking at the last minute. Including repacking 3 times, I was worried about the 50lb weight of the bag (it only came in at 29lbs). Last minute trip to Best Buy for a charger to go in my purse to make sure the phone stayed ok every day. I was excited, visit with Big Brudder Steve, FanFest (Colin Donnell, Oh My) the Sears Tower and meeting Steve’s friends. Oh My I’m actually taking a vacation!
Well the plan and vacation sure did come together and I arrived on March 10th staying till the 15th, and what a Great Time I Had! I went to so many places, so many things to do and see, such great food and tons of photos. They can’t fit in 1 blog LOL. I’ll let you absorb this one, feel free to read it again or look back to previous posts. I’ll be blogging about the Destination Chicago Adventures over the next few days, including new friends, the H&V FanFest, scrumptious food, the cute cat, museums, views from rooftops and a very memorable cab ride.
Sing along with Frank from Robin and the 7 Hoods ……. “My Kind of Town (Chicago Is)”
Some times, a person that you only know through Television in a way becomes a ‘friend’. I know y’all will think I’m crazy for saying that. However, this situation is a bit different because he, Dan Wheeler, has shared so much of himself and his family not just on QVC but on Facebook and other media outlets. Perhaps it’s because what he’s shared is of his wife, Beth, and their battle with her Cancer.
Beth has been fighting Endometrial cancer for 5 years. A hard fought battle and she and their family have done it with grace and love. Over the last months the Cancer came on with such force and 5 weeks ago Beth was hospitalized. They tried platelet transfusions which sadly did not work and Beth left this world on Friday, October 30th.
By all that I’ve seen of Beth, she was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend. She will be missed by all who knew her personally and now by so many because of Dan’s blog sharing.
Hold everyone you love close and be sure to let them know how you feel about them. Cancer really does Suck!
You should know that this story of Beth is personal for me as I feel so lucky and blessed, I found my Uterine which can also be called Endometrial, so very early and survived again. I feel such sadness for Beth and her family, she had so much love and didn’t deserve to leave them so soon.
All I can say is this, Cancer is a battle, it is a fight and there are way to many types and too many people diagnosed. Those that are Survivors we Celebrate but we should also Remember and Celebrate the lives of those who have lost their battles with Cancer.
Is there a cure, I really dont know based on this is a disease from your cells and that is what we are made up from. Can the CSP-3 study that is tracking habits and lifestyles that the American Cancer Society is doing (thank you Dan Adler and others for being a part of this) find the answers, I don’t know.
If you listen to everything they say, then you will never eat anything again. Cancer shouldn’t be about fear and I hope you do not take that away from anything I ever say. The default cause of course is my least favorite word in every language, the O word that I will never type out. I was 8 and one of the healthiest kids around, no history in the family and bam there it was the first time. When they focused on the O word they totally missed the 2nd battle I’d have and still have, hence the hate of the O word.
We should live life to the fullest and laugh as much as we can. I think we should also eat what we like and what we can (allergies and diabetes aside) just do so as all things in moderation. You know yourself better than anyone else, you know when something is wrong. If you do find any changes going on with yourself, please get thee to a doctor, there are signs and many of them are quiet.
I started this about a remote friend, who I will never meet, Dan Wheeler from that home shopping station QVC. His wife, Beth, has left an imprint on me and many others through what he has shared from his heart. Beth will be remembered by so many and Celebrated not just by her family and friends. They have also shared Beth’s memorial celebration service, so touching and filled with love. From this service, I’ve added, “See You Again,” by Carrie Underwood.
I can only send remote hugs and love to the entire Wheeler Family, and know that Beth will always be with them and everyone she has touched. R.I.P Elizabeth Ann (Johnson) Wheeler, I know that you are dancing with the angels. xoxo
I see another company selling items for cancer, and yup it’s all pink, saw another town going all out on pink. Please Don’t get me wrong, I fight for pink too and I admire all those that fight this battle with Breast Cancer. I walk with them and support them throughout their cancer fight. I also yell for Pink all during the month of October.
BUT there are other colors too, May is Grey (brain cancer / brain tumor) and Black (skin cancer / Melanoma), coming up in June is National Cancer Survivor Month and that’s Lavender. Please show your support for the other colors of the ribbons, tell your companies to get their Teal on for Ovarian Cancer, Purple for Pancreatic Cancer, White for Lung Cancer, Light Blue for Prostate Cancer. I’ve attached the list of colors.
Call into the Empire State Building because they will go all different colors to support some good causes, and some silly ones ….. BUT Refuse to turn Gold For Childhood Cancer Month in September.
I am an Advocate for Cancer Education, Research, Programs for the Survivors and their Families and help the Families of those who have lost their battles.
I am the Captain of Team Rays Of Hope and I Celebrate ~ Remember ~ Fight Back For All The Colors Of Cancer.
I am Suzanne and my colors are Orange, Gold, Grey and Peach xo