The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge subject for this week is renewal. The word can mean different things to different people. But for me, one word comes to mind — SEA.
Perhaps I was a mermaid or a sea turtle in another life? Or perhaps my love of the water is a genetic trait passed down for generations by my English and Scottish ancestors, much like my blue eyes and my dimples?
Regardless of how difficult life can be and how sick I have felt at different points along this rocky road since the cancer diagnosis, there is always one place where I feel safe and healthy and whole again. There is one place where I feel renewed. And that is in the ocean.
Pools are lovely. And the lake is okay. But the sense of relief I feel when I walk into the ocean or into Florida’s warm gulf waters just doesn’t compare. It is as if I am home again. Let me swim in lovely warm sea water and I feel refreshed and renewed and ready to face the world again.
Unfortunately, I don’t have many opportunities to visit the water and I live in a region that is cold half of the year. And the bathtub just doesn’t cut it! So I live for our trips to the sea and hold fast to all of the memories I’ve made in the water… And I dream of the next time I will be able to immerse myself in Florida’s warm blue oasis.
It was almost 2 years ago when I was shifting treatments from Taxol (chemotherapy) to radiation. I had a 10-day break in between, so we cashed in our credit card miles and flew to Hawaii. I was terribly sick from 9 months of treatment. I had a shiny bald head and was swollen from the steroids and kidney trouble. And it hadn’t been that long since my mastectomy. I was a disaster. But the trip was a dream come true. How fortunate I felt to be able to dip my toes into Hawaii’s alluring waters. It was a little too chilly for swimming for my fragile body for most of the trip, but just having the opportunity to absorb so much beauty was incredibly uplifting and replenishing for my mind and soul. Here are some of the photos from that unforgettable vacation.
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