Life Changes When You’re 9

Here’s the next post in my ~*~ Beginnings ~*~ It’s where my life changed and began again.  A realization kicked in as I approached my 9th birthday that Life Changes In A Moment.

Happy go lucky Suzie, had a great childhood in a wonderful small town where everyone knew everyone (many related to each other).  I did ballet, tap, twirling and still had time to play with my friends and get the homework done.  I was even the weather girl in the local newspaper hehehe just mood pictures of me to show if it was rainy or sunny.

Weather Girl Not A Fan Of Rain

Weather Girl Not A Fan Of Rai

Honestly, I don’t quite remember how it happened.  It’s not that I haven’t asked, when you are young things sometimes just blur together.  I don’t remember being tired, I can tell you what my 3rd grade classroom looked like but I can’t remember having to put my head down on the desk to rest.  I remember the 3 flights of stairs up to that classroom but I don’t remember not being able to walk them.  I remember the kids in my class, I remember going outside for gym, but I don’t remember not being able to play.  I don’t even remember being in the doctor’s office.

I remember being in school, I remember laying on the ‘love seat’ in our living room watching someone pace in the dining room, I remember the phone ring.  The next thing I remember is being in the car, Dad driving and mom upset.  We’re on the George Washington Bridge and Dad’s banging the wheel cause the directions were bad.

(side note, do you know if you take the GWB on the lower level in the right lane, it takes you to the Deegan Expressway, which takes you to Yankee Stadium)

NY Yankees Logo

Dad says, I’ve never been able to get to Yankee Stadium and there it is, to which I said, that means we should go to the game Dad.  We can’t , it’s January 😦

I don’t know how we got back on the right way, I remember being stuck at the light and the guy spitting on the windshield to wipe it off with newspaper for money.  We parked the car in the lot and walk, I remember looking at the walk up to the hospital, I could never forget that, it seemed like the sidewalk went on forever and it was almost a severe angle on a mountain hill.  Daddy carried me, with mommy walking next to us telling me it was going to be alright.

Trust me the angle of that hill was OMG steep

Trust me the angle of that hill was OMG steep

Asking Mom years later to fill in the blanks to kind of complete my memories, here’s what I was told.  As stated I was in 3rd grade and a vibrant sparkly tomboy.  Running and doing what I can always with the giggles.  Suddenly, I couldn’t walk the stairs, I kept putting my head down on the desk and sitting out of gym.  My teachers noticed, Mrs. Truncellito and Mrs. Elin specifically.  They were having the yearly parent teacher meetings, my third grade teacher, Mrs. T pushed up my parents meeting.  The day after that meeting mom had me at the pediatrician who ran some tests and told mom he thought he knew what it was.  The phone ring that night I remember was Dr. Poch, my parents met with him and he sent me to Columbia Presbyterian / Babies Hospital.

I will write more about my experiences during my 14day stay at Babies Hospital.

For now I needed to tell this start of the story.  This was the new beginning of my life when I turned 9 and found out I had Leukemia, A.L.L (Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia).

I found my heroes in life during this time.  Dad, Mom, My 3 Big Brothers, Mrs. T, Mrs. Elin and a few more.  Don’t be sad for me, don’t ever be sad for me because I live through laughter and love.  I have Hope and too many people in my corner fighting with me including those that are now my angels above!    I AM a Survivor and I’m Fearless!

Life is meant to be lived, there really is a reason for everything.  Plan for the future, for sure but Life Changes In An Instant, I’m living proof of that.  Laugh as much as you can, Love as many people as you can, Sing and Dance always as though no one is looking, be Happy that you’ve woken up to a new day and Live Each Moment.

ChildCancerRibbonMagnetLeukemia Be Strong

 

Birthday Wish Comes True

It’s been a Birthday Wish Come True and Still Snowing!

Please Don’t Express Your “Hate” Of Snow, I’ve Been Listening to It All Freaking Day!  I Mean If You Had A Wish That I Didn’t Like, There Would Be No Way In Hell I Would Tell You How Much I Hate It And Go And Ruin Your Happy Dance.

It’s Been My Wish Every Year That There Is Snow, Where I Am, On January 26th …. Day Before and After Don’t Count LOL   It Happens Very Very Very Rarely, So You Bet Your ‘Arse’ I Do A Happy Dance.  Last Time Was 4 Years Ago and Yup It Was A Blizzard!  Y’all Do Know They Call Me Suzie Snowflake!!

A Blizzard OH My, All The ‘Haters’ Our There Screaming …… Me I Say, I Got My Wish And Y’all Get A Day Off!

Here’s More Magic Of The Day ….. The Temperature This Morning Was 26 and This Is My 26th Post!

I’m Going To Pass Along My Birthday Wish For All Of You And It’s This ~ May You Always Be Safe And Warm, May You Always Be Surrounded By Those You Love, May You Enjoy Unlimited Happiness And Success And May You Always Have Good Health xoxo

Here’s One Of My Favorite Guys, Dean Martin, Singing Let It Snow!

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Let It Snow !

It’s the first snow of the season! It seems whenever I have to have surgery and recovery it’s in the winter and I get to enjoy the first snow fall from inside my parents house.

I know many aren’t fans of the snow, mostly because of having to clean up and drive in it. However, if you take a moment and just watch it fall and take a deep breath in, I always get a sense of newness and a cool fresh smell.

When there’s lots of snow and you can see it ‘pileup’ it makes every thing sparkling white and to me it is so very pretty. I love to be the first one to put out footprints in the new snow, it’s almost like marking it as my snow LOLsnow

My birthday is in January and I will tell everyone I’m a winter girl because I do love the snow. I was born during an ice storm and since then there was never snow on the exact day of my birthday. I laugh because snow the day before or after doesn’t count to me. Excitedly when I had a birthday that was one of those ‘decade’ ones it finally snowed. Not Just any snow but a Blizzard!!

A blizzard that left the snow down for days and most roads and businesses closed. That’s the best kind because y’all can stay home and then go out and play in the snow. LOL I was so full of the giggles cause it was finally snow on my birthday. I went out to make a snow angel but forgot how soft the snow was and just fell into it LMAO I made a snow dent.  There were kids out playing and I helped them in a snowball fight, even made one and tried to save it in the freezer.  It was a fun day and a very memorable birthday xoxSuzie Snow

Many of my friends and family aren’t fans of Snow, some will move south to avoid it and others will use the word hate towards it.  I say, embrace the snow, remember back to when you had snowball fights, made snow angels, enjoyed hot chocolate watching it fall.  You can also take a moment and think of it this way ~ snow melts and provides needed moisture to the land, land that without moisture can not grow the crops of food that you eat.  As a “Jersey Girl,” from the Garden State of NJ, I appreciate this thought as I drive around and see the many farms of my neighbors.

Just my thoughts on the first snow of the year for me, going back to the window to watch it fall some more xoxo

keep calm and let it snow