Saturday, January 22, 2011

Abu Dhabi Here We Come!

Jess Protas and I made a pact a few weeks before she moved to Abu Dhabi. We tied hemp cord around our wrists and if, by chance, either person's bracelet fell off it meant they should go see the other one immediately. I know, I know, we're like thirteen year olds.

Although both bracelets were in tact, Jess flew to be at my side throughout the tumor diagnosis and surgeries. Then, by providence, they cut the bracelet while wheeling me out of surgery prep. It was fated.

After the weeks of diagnosis, doctor's meetings, surgeries, and recovery, a day before she left Seattle, I gave Jess a new bracelet made of silver chain with a petite diamond. It was important to me that I gave her a special gift. She's my little gem. She, in turn surprised me with an identical one a few weeks later (with a little help from the internet and Danny).

Recently, I woke up and felt my wrist, realizing that the bracelet was missing. Instantly, I knew what I had to do.

Today, I booked a flight to Abu Dhabi for Danny and I. We had been talking about it for almost two years, and finally, we're doing it! Next Saturday, we're heading out. We have a one night lay over in Paris, and then we're Abu Dhabi bound.

I'm a little scared, knowing it's expensive, and totally frivolous. I know that I'm crazy, spending the money on the flight, but life happens so quickly. Danny and I both love to travel, and right now, since Danny is between jobs, and I have flexibility at work, it's the perfect time.

At first, while contemplating this new adventure, I thought to myself, "You shouldn't be spending money on anything other than medical expenses." In fact, I'm still hearing that same mantra in my head. But, I'm doing it. I'm doing it for Danny and me. He has done everything humanly possible to keep me alive, physically, mentally, and spiritually. This is a thank you to him, and I'm keeping my word to Jess who has been the most amazing friend in the world.

So, lucky me! I have the most amazing man and the most wonderful friend, and now I'm getting to go on an amazing trip. I don't know how I'm so lucky to experience all of the things that I do. I'm truly blessed with an amazing life. Sometimes I feel like it's all a dream, or that it's too good to be true, but it's real and I'm so grateful!


  1. So glad you are DOING IT~~~~~ Have a great trip, hope to see your pictures!!
    Hugs and love,
    The Redelsperger's

  2. You and Danny are going to have an amazing adventure! I am excited already to hear your stories and see the pictures. I hope your both have a wonterful trip!
    Love, Sarah B

  3. Guess my comment didn't post yesterday - it went something like this: YOU GO GO GO GIRL!!! This is a wonderful opportunity for you all and no amount of $ can be more important than your friends. Hooray for the pact! XOXOXO Aunty Lynn


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