Back in the saddle!

Back in the saddle!

It has been nice having a month off from treatments & surgeries. I have been enjoying my family, friends and my animals. I recently began riding again. A silver lining of the chemo was that it reduced the mass I have on my brain. That mass, an acoustic neuroma, was causing severe vertigo so I had to give up riding years ago. After chemo I realized that the vertigo episodes were rare. A friend, Carla, thought I needed to try riding again. We went on a very nice trail ride and I was hooked. My wonderful husband bought me a couple amazing trail horses, a new fancy truck to pull the trailer! Life is good. Riding is super therapy for my soul.
I am looking forward to a relaxing Christmas with family. Going to try to enjoy every minute I have with them before I get ready for the next wave of surgeries & treatments. The first surgery is scheduled for Jan 16. The second one, the big doozy, will be a couple weeks after. The second one requires a 5 day hospital stay and a very long, difficult recovery. Not going to think about that right now. I will likely have a pity party a few days before.
I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas. Thank you all for the continuing love and support. It has been a helluva year and I could not have done it without all of you!


  1. I am so glad you had a vacation from all the treatments and lucky you, you live in an area where you can enjoy good weather and go for rides. Keep on riding (with a bucket on, please)… enjoy it!

  2. Hey there Gen, what a great respite you have been having! It is so great to see you back up on a horse. Lots of lovely rides to remember as you go through those next 2 surgeries.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.
    Luv ya……the Crazy Canadian

  3. Gen, you look like a movie star up there. That’s such a great picture and the pleasure this is bringing you is immeasurable. Wishing you many a ride before that first surgery and a very Merry Christmas with your family.
    Love ‘n hugs,

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