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Aug 11, 2017 08:59AM
Aug 11, 2017 09:29AM
I lived in France for a year between college and grad school where I was studying at the Sorbonne and received a diploma in French Civilization. Guess what I learned? That wine with dinner is a wonderful thing. Unless of very poor quality which was the case with the "questionable" Cotes du Rhone which consisted of bad Rhone, mixed with cheap Algerian, and then sugared to hide the evil flavor. I still remember the day after headaches.
I live in Washington State, which has glorious wine largely unknown in the rest of the country. A continuing adventure, as are all the microbreweries, not to mention the distilleries. So lots to explore and great fun.
We also have amazing fresh local food which goes with guess what? I am a cook, so relish doing these pairings. I do endurance cycling to mitigate the damage, just finishing my 11th Seattle-to-Portland Bicycle Classic in a row. That's 200+ miles over 2 days and requires a lot of training to build up strength and endurance. (I was better than ever on the hills this year.)
Having said all this, I did give up all alcohol during active treatment as thought my liver had enough work to do. Fortunately, I did not have to give up tea.
That's my story. Because my big learning from my trip through cancer is not to waste a day of the amazing life we are granted. It's now about 6 extra years and counting. I find out later today if all is still OK. When I get that confirmation, it's off to the wine bar where I am meeting a friend for wine, conversation and perhaps some jazz. I am thinking that it might be a bottle of champagne that I order.
Because every day, and especially today, is a celebration. - Claire
Completed all treatment (AC +T, lumpectomy, radiation and 5 years of AIs - anastrazole). Now celebrating every single day for the wonderful life I have been granted.
8/2009, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/21 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH)