What a difference a year makes!

Today is the one year anniversary of my last chemo!  And boy, what a difference a year makes.  Last year I was with Roberta and Alexa having my last (and 16th) round of chemo. Today I was at work, teaching and training clients.

For those of you who don’t know, I run a program that trains people to climb Mt Rainier.  This past weekend we did an annual training hike to Camp Muir (10,800 elev).  Camp Muir is reached by hiking from Paradise for about 4.5 miles.  There is an elevation gain of 4680 feet. It is strenuous! Due to circumstances beyond my control, this is the first time I have done this hike since summit-ting Mt Rainier in 2010.

So, here are some before and after photos.  It is good for me to be able to see where I was and where I am.  That way when I get impatient with the whole healing process, I can put things into perspective.

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Alexa, me and Roberta on August 5, 2013.


Me at Camp Muir, August 2, 2014.  I do have hair under that hat!



My clients and me at Camp Muir.

Just a quick update on my health:  I am doing great.  My last blood work was normal.  I still have numb spots and the occasional shooting pains in my feet.  My fingers (particularly my right digits) get numbish and as I call them “not normal”.  I still go to Seattle Cancer Care every other month or so to see doctors or to have mammograms, etc.  I still plan on having renovations done on the “girls,”  just to get them facing the same direction at the same elevation.

8 thoughts on “What a difference a year makes!

    1. Rebecca Braun

      So great to see! A year ago I was getting my third chemo infusion, and had just had my head shaved. Went camping at Rainier and was happy just to be outdoors. Last weekend I summited Mt. Juneau with Alder (elevation gain about 3400 feet). I am grateful to be on a bit of a parallel journey with you (not that either of us asked for this journey!) and I hope someday to take you up Mt. Juneau and have you take me up Mt. Rainier 🙂

  1. Deanna Kaulay

    Ahhhh… Wonder Woman. Somehow I’m not surprised. Yay Loretta! So happy to see you training & climbing again.

  2. Pam

    You are amazing and so focused on what ever you do…and accomplish. I am so fortunate to have you be an anchor in my life. Your last year was quite the accomplishment and I am so happy it is behind you.

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