No Bucket List Vacationing = No Problem

When I was first diagnosed Alex and I had big plans to do big bucket list travelling (aka, Tokyo, Seoul, etc). That quickly changed though when concerns about immune system safety, money saving for care, and dealing with fatigue set in. Starting towards the beginning of the year Alex and I decided to take micro vacations once a month. To this day I don’t think I’d rather be in any other place than in one of Florida’s nature coast’s salt marshes. I realized that I feel rejuvenated when just taking small vacations to the places in Florida (a little Georgia too), that I’ve always gone to for a break.

When I was younger I used to go to St. Augustine and Cedar Key at least once a month while also travelling many of the back roads of central Florida (harming my old car’s suspension system). While Cedar Key may not have the best dining options around, it makes up for it with great comforting scenery and with nice places to kayak. While these days I’m not one for straight up camping, I’d like to get an RV situation going and just park near a salt marsh for a loooonnngggg time.

Alex and I enjoying the coastal breeze in Shired Island's salt marsh.

Alex and I enjoying the coastal breeze in Shired Island’s salt marsh.


Our big vacation spot each month is up near St. Augustine in Vilano Beach. We love going there because it is the most dog friendly beach community we’ve run across so far.  Not only can our dogs come and enjoy hanging out on the porch sniffing the beach air, but we get to see and meet all sorts of cute dogs as well. Our dogs are our family and if we can’t bring them along we are much less likely to go somewhere. We miss em’ to much and feel too guilty if they are boarded.

Still not fans of the water :(

Still not fans of the water 🙁


As we’ve been doing this for a while now I still feel that this is the kind of vacationing I love the most. Sure if someday I’m able to go on a wonderful culinary adventure to Seoul I won’t complain one bit, but until then I’m one happy camper doing what we’re doing now.

Feb-May Health Update

As usual it’s been a while since I last posted (longer than usual this time), and the site had some technical problems which are now taken care of, but I’m back for a post ^_^.

The scans that I’ve received so far this year have not shown any new tumor growth. I’m still taking my chemo treatment monthly which continues to add tiredness and nausea to the schedule, but I’m thankful that it’s there to help me fight the GBM. I continue to have pain around the surgical area which I recently discussed with my doctor since I figured it would have dissipated by now. He said that because of the nerve damage and the cut in the skull, I’ll have to deal with the pain indefinitely. Apparently it’s not something my body will fix. One thing I just started that is helping though, is taking a steroid that is taken as needed. It helps reduce the swelling nicely so far.

So I’m still kicking and enjoying each day I’m blessed to have.