Happy Birthday Tamika! Well, how does it feel to be 37? Did I mention that I’m still 36 – woohoo! Seriously, I know I tease and joke, but I’m so happy to celebrate you on this day. I love being the first one to say ‘happy birthday’ in the morning and seeing your smile in reply.
I love you and hope you have an amazing day!
Chemo + Birthday = 🙁
Normally we would be getting ready for the big party – preparing to BBQ a bunch of tri-tip for all the people who would be coming over this evening. The kids would be getting ready to spend the day swimming and entertaining all the other kids that would be here. I miss this. Its hard not to celebrate my wife on her birthday with the giant party and lots of friends and the late night bonfire and guitars.
Don’t get me wrong, we are still celebrating my wife – it’s just much more low-key. The kids and I got up early to go get balloons and a cake for Tamika. It had to be German Chocolate – her favorite (i don’t like it). She won’t eat any…but it doesn’t matter. We just wanted to do something special for her on her birthday.
If you didn’t know already, Tamika is big on celebrating things on the actual day. She loves getting cards and gifts from anyone whenever they send them, but the party, even if just a small family celebration, has to happen on the birthday whenever possible. This is something that I’ve had to adapt to, but it is so much fun to make this a reality for her, this year more than ever before.
Today is day 6 of chemo round 2. People keep asking Tamika if it is any better this time, and all I can answer is that it’s different. Her bones don’t hurt as bad, and we’ve been able to manage the nausea a little better, but it still sucks. It hit harder/faster this time. So even though her bones don’t hurt as bad, there are a bunch of other things that do hurt.
I’ve decided that Birthday’s should NOT include chemo, but this year we have 3 that are going to be effected by this – Tamika’s, Julia’s & mine.
So, I’m planning a party – a make-up party – to celebrate the birthdays and all the days that sucked because of chemo. Only 4 more treatments to go – and then we are going to do something special to celebrate Tamika!