First the not so great stuff...cancer.
After all was said and done, I've been diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer. The treatment is not as harsh as chemotherapy but man, I wish I were going through that instead. It would mean a better prognosis and a chance for a cure. Now? It's hope for containment and remission. I'm on endocrine therapy which means I've been put into forced menopause. A doctor friend likened it to menopause on steroids. Emma has remarked several times that I need to get my filter back. Apparently, this treatment has removed it from me. I've decided to live life as fully as I can. I want my children to have memories of me doing things with them and not this stupid illness that I have. I've also resolved to take photos so they'll have them to look back on as well.
The spring ballet was beautiful. They danced a revised Coppelia in the first act then Chopiniana and a more contemporary ballet piece, Suite Rest, in the second act.
This summer, we were headed to New York for Michaela to attend ABT New York and Emma to attend Gelsey Kirkland Academy for their summer intensives. I had to cancel those plans and was able to transfer them to ABT Austin. It's not what we wanted and I still feel horrible for Michaela missing out on her opportunity at the more prestigious location. At the time we were facing months of chemo and a mastectomy. However, things have worked out. The girls thoroughly enjoyed their summer intensive in Austin and we were home. I'm still itching to travel as I'm not used to staying home for the summer.
School starts up again soon and our ballet year will as well. I hope to be more diligent about posting here. I want there to be more of a record of our lives. It's become even more important.