Reflections on a Perfect Night – Photo Essay

Last summer was WILD! After my double mastectomy, I had restrictions and  limitations. My doctors expedited the process so my husband Danny and I could fly to Barcelona, Spain. We picked up our daughter Courtney from her Study Abroad program and drove to France.

While in Paris, we took a bike tour through the heart of the city. Courtney had traveled there with her friends a few weekends earlier and found the tour to be the highlight of her visit.

The Louvre 5

The fact that I took these photographs outside the Louvre weeks after major surgery reflects the power each body has to heal itself. They also remind me of the courage and strength of my daughter.

The Louvre 4

While studying in Spain, Courtney contracted tonsillitis. That weekend, the rest of the students in her apartment traveled to the South of France. She stayed home with a high fever, a painful sore throat and wasn’t able to keep any food down. Of course, I was freaking out from thousands of miles away. She dressed and hailed a taxi to the nearest doctor’s office. Without speaking Catalon, the doctor examined her and wrote a prescription. She found a pharmacy, taxied back home and took care of herself.

She recovered and went on trips to Amsterdam, Prague, and Paris. The bike tour was the highlight of her trip to France. Through her experience abroad, she matured into a very responsible young woman and became the ultimate tour guide. I was in a pretty hazy state and could not have navigated out of a paper bag.

She’s scheduled to have a tonsillectomy next Wednesday during her spring break.

The Louvre 1

That night in Paris was special. Watching this incredible city transform from day to the City of Lights is something I’ll treasure always. This trip gave me the hope, strength and courage to prepare for my final reconstructive surgery.

The Louvre 2

We all go through transformations in our lives. The hardest times can bring about the most wonderful changes and can be reflected in the people we become.

The Louvre 3

Do you find vacations change your outlook?

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Paris Fat Tire Bike Tours

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  1. What a beautiful place. I can see why you would feel hopeful looking at those pictures. I think vacations, like anything, can change our outlook if we’re open to it – as you clearly are. Otherwise, for most people, its just an escape from the norm. I’m a bit of both camps, but if I travelled how I want to…definitely. And I wouldn’t look back!


    1. We won’t be taking another vacation until the end of May, but I’m really looking forward to exploring. I always come back with renewed vigor. That trip was a little different since I had surgery again in a month. I went into hyper nesting mode knowing how limited I would be. Thanks Alarna!


  2. Never found the Louvres’ Pyramid beautiful before!

    Keep the health!

    On one side, biking through Paris was maybe as dangerous as the rest, as French Parisian doesn’t know how to mind bikers!


  3. Vacations kept simple are totally healing. After my chemotherapy I caught a cheap flight to Portugual with Ryan Air. It was wonderful. That was the first time I’d travelled, and it felt like I was coming back alive. ~Catherine


  4. Your night certainly was special. Thanks for sharing it with us. My first trip after finishing up with my cancer was to Western Canada. I had not been to British Columbia or Alberta. I was able to spend some time in the Canadian Rockies, in Banff, Lake Louise and the Badlands. It was an amazing time for me. Being surrounded by the Canadian Rockies, just witnessing their majesty you realize how small and fragile we are and what a wonderful thing life is.


    1. That sounds like a trip to remember! That’s why I love Colorado. I think a trip after going through illness is so refreshing and exactly what I needed to jump start my batteries!!
      Thanks for reading and sharing your experience!


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