Friday, April 26, 2013

Personal Update

There's an old Chinese saying (actually more of a curse) which says "May you live in interesting times". Just when life begins to settle down, it becomes "interesting" again. For the last 2 weeks of February and first 2 weeks in March, Tracey, Ally and I were in Mexico on a working vacation. Our friend has a house just outside Puerto Vallara and offered for us to stay there. It's a block from the beach and is wonderful. Since we were down there we decided to have some medical work done (see my article). Long story short, Tracey had a mammogram and it turns out that she has breast cancer. I must admit, it was unexpected as she's not even 50 yet and there was no lump. Following so close from the loss of our son Josh last year it tested all of our strength and then some.

The good news is that we caught it early (stage II) and it hasn't spread too far. If we hadn't gone to Mexico I really don't know what would have happened. So in a way, it was a blessing that we went to Mexico and found it (I'm sure our guardian angel Josh had something to do with that).

Tracey is now back with her family in the UK and is receiving excellent medical care. She's started chemo and is doing very well, keeping her spirits up, despite us being apart. So far it's been 1 month and 5 days that we've been apart, the longest time in 24 years. I plan to go out to be with her in August after the major rallies and we'll take things from there.

So for now it's Murphy and I traveling the US together. I must admit, the RV seems much larger! We're currently in Goshen getting ready for the Holiday Rambler rallies and then working our way to FMCA International and Escapade in Gillette. Driving and navigating on your own is a new experience!

I do have one small favor to ask. Since I will be on my own at most of our upcoming rallies, if you could be patient with me at the booth that would be great as I hate to keep people waiting, but you might have to wait a little longer than usual as everyone tends to come at once! Ally might come out to help and I'm trying to line up some other help, but we'll have to see how that goes.

In the meantime, please join me in wishing Tracey well. She's such a trouper and I'm so proud of her. She misses being here terribly and would much rather be traveling than stuck in one place, not to mention having to deal with what she's going through. You can always email tracey (same as mine with her first name) or message her using Facebook or Whatsapp.