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Summer Fun 

You know by now that I like to have fun. Yes, it’s true that I work hard – at killing cancer and at running The WunderGlo Foundation and The Wunder Project – but I’ve made sure to mix in some good times during this summer. That statement couldn’t be truer when you consider what I did during my off-off chemo week.

By off-off chemo week, I’m talking not just my normal week off chemo (as you know, I get treatments every other week) – this was another week off, because I had serious business to attend to on what would have been chemo Monday. But before we get to Monday, I’ll tell you a little about last weekend.

On a whim, I decided it was time to go to Vegas. Well, it was partially whim…it was also partially the fact that Counting Crows and The Wallflowers were going to be playing at the Mandalay Bay. I’m a huge fan of the 90s (seriously, I want to bring back flannel and overalls) and, as a music lover, I’m obviously very into 90s music as well. When I heard that two powerhouses of the 90s were going to be in Vegas – well, it was a no brainer. My mom and Will and I took off on Saturday and were there in plenty of time for the show. About 5 minutes before the show started, though, it was cancelled. An outdoor venue plus an impending storm/flash flood warning thwarted my plans to get my 90s on. Deep sigh. Oh well. It was still Vegas and we had a blast.

On Monday, my mom and I headed to San Diego because I was the featured speaker at Bayer’s big regional meeting. The Bayer folks were insanely awesome and kind – they even gave me a standing ovation after my speech! I foresee a pretty solid relationship between WunderGlo (the Foundation and the person) and Bayer. They even took me on a boat for dinner – how did they know I’m a sea-farin’gal? No shark sightings while on board but it was still awesome.

The next day, my mom and I ran around San Diego trying to secure silent auction donations for our big event coming up in September, and then treated ourselves to lunch at the famous Hotel Del Coronado. Not only is this hotel beautiful, it’s also haunted. If you know what a scary movie/paranormal stuff lover I am, it’s not hard to guess what kind of a time I had there. We made it back to L.A. just in time for me to go to a great show at the Hollywood Bowl with one of my best friends, Nick.

On Thursday, I headed to Nick’s house and relaxed by his pool – at night, we went to see The Conjuring (my second time seeing it, highly recommended, very scary). On Friday, one of my other best friends (Tim, you can call him Timmy) and I went to a casino (and had a shockingly delicious vegan dinner at the steakhouse in the casino). And yesterday, I went to a Duke-sponsored pool party way way up in the Hills (I think was technically the hills above Beverly Hills but it wasn’t far from my house which made it seem like the Hollywood Hills). Obviously, I’ve gotten plenty of Wunder Project work done this week, but I made sure to throw heaps of fun into the mix, too.

The point of this recap is not just to let you know about what I’ve been up to…there’s a moral to these stories, too. And here it is. Regardless of what cancer and its attendant complications (like the blood clots in my lungs) try to do, it doesn’t really matter to me. I continue to live life the way I want to, on my terms, with my goals clearly delineated and a huge smile on my face. Sometimes, like this week, my goals require an equal amount of work and fun, and I indulged in some awesome times with some of my favorite people. Chemo Round 55 is tomorrow, so I’ll be back to work at actively killing cancer…but the truth is, just living my life and refusing to let cancer hold me back is a form of killing cancer, too.

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