To say this has been one of the best weeks off of chemo is putting it very mildly. We just returned from 8 days, counting the two travel days, from our most favorite Hawaiian island in all the world, Kauai, specifically the Poipu beach area. I can't believe it had been 12 years since we had been to the islands.
It was about a month ago, when I was about 6-8 weeks into one of the most gruesome chemo regimes, that Mark and I sat down over breakfast and had a conversation about getting away "somewhere" over one of the week long breaks from chemo that I had every 3rd week. The thought being that my response to the chemo had been very slow, and we just didn't know what tomorrow would bring. Should we get out in the trailer, or do something different for a change? And our anniversary was coming up mid-June, so why not plan it to celebrate this milestone?
When the Stage IV LMBC diagnosis came on March 1st, oldest daughter said something like, "Mom, if it's real bad, we will rent a house in Hawaii for the family and all go there together". As grim as that may sound to some of you, it was a possible reality and I was appreciative of the offer, and will hop on that train in a heartbeat.
So back to the conversation over breakfast... We quickly settled on Kauai, but just for Mark and I, and the Kiahuna Plantation Beach Bungalows. The whole family will go again soon enough; but for now, the two of us needed this time. A dear friend manages some of the condos there and she found us probably the best one on the entire property, with ocean view, and beautiful lanai with large grassy area and good privacy. My oncologist gave us the okay on traveling for the time we had chosen. And as luck would have it, a few days before our trip I needed a blood transfusion for chemo caused anemia. And it gave me the energy I needed to feel like a normal person for the entire trip. So I enjoyed Kauai to the fullest. And the plan is for me to start a new chemotherapy cocktail when I return to see if we can get some better results from the liver.
So here we are on Tuesday, June 14th, sadly on an Alaskan Air flight headed back to Oakland due to arrive 11pm'ish. "Sadly", because of course we would like to still be there, enjoying the ocean breeze, and the smell of plumeria blossoms. But it is time to return to reality, our family, and adorable grandchildren. And then there is the new chemo starting tomorrow. YIKES!
Our trip was one of the best ever - ocean, salt air, pool time, some sight seeing and a boat cruise along the Napali coast, two excellent fancy dinners out, the King Kamehameha parade and festival, gorgeous flowers, and some shopping. And let's not forget relaxing on that lanai, people and ocean watching. I couldn't have wished for more. And we have vowed to return soon. I felt so wonderful, almost forgetting about cancer entirely. We both needed this and forgot how wonderful Kauai is. It had been too long since our last visit. Would be fun to come back and stay a month. I can dream, can't I?
|View from our lanai|
|Sunset over Kiahuna beach|
|Fun time in ocean|
|Fun time in ocean|
|Sunset along Napali coast|
|Beautiful Napali coast|
|Leis from horses in Kings Parade in Lihue|
|Double rainbow over Kiahuna|
|Walk down beach to Waohai for pupus and drinks|
|Anniversary dinner at Tidepools, Hyatt Resort|
|Last day, beach time|
|Last day stroll on beach|
|Last Mai Tai waiting for flight at Lihue airport|
in your thoughts & prayers.
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