I'm excited about going to New Jersey tomorrow. I sure hope the security check on 9/11 isn't going to take forever. Hopefully the date will have deterred some passengers from flying tomorrow and this is only Austin, it's not like Newark, Ohare or LAX.
The last time I saw Tina, she was not in the best of shape, although her outlook has always been positive, but I hear from her and my mom that she's looking stronger now. It's great talking to Tina now that her voice is mostly back.
Ashley's birthday is later this month, so I'm taking the trip for her party on Sunday. Two weeks after that, Tina, Ashley and my mom are flying out to Austin. The author of the book "The Smile Never Fades" is having a book signing and since Tina's story is in it, she's coming down.
In the last update from Tina, she mentioned her hands were peeling and she was having pains in her stomach. Thankfully the peeling has stopped and the stomach pain has lessened. It seems there's a two-steps-forward-one-step-back aspect to recovery, but as long as it stays in the forward motion, we're doin' okay. Dang it, now I have that awful Paula Abdul song in my head. I hope mentioning that got it in your head too. I don't want to be the only one suffering here. = )
I'll be sure to write updates on the trip. "All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go..." I'm quite the little song bird today. Do yourself a favor. While in your car today, sing loud, play steering wheel drums and let out your inner child/inner rockstar. You'd be amazed what that does for you. It's all about attitude.