Just A Walk

Finally. The type of day that begs you to go outdoors. Sunny and warm, with just the hint of a breeze. Time to go outside and shake the winter blues. Just a walk; no purpose this time.

Usually, I would have traveled to NYC today for chemotherapy treatment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). However, my recent hospital stay due to low white blood cell counts led my oncologist to postpone treatment for an extra week just to be safe.

Humphrey

I didn’t need to ask our three dogs if they were interested. As soon as I grabbed a leash, they all swarmed me like I was holding leftover steak. I used to be able to manage two at a time for a walk, but not anymore. Three guesses as to which one got to go first.

I’m not sure who is in worse shape – me or Humphrey. Before we embarked, I set my expectations low. If I could manage only a few blocks, then so be it.

As soon as we got out the door, the warm air and sun on my skin felt amazing. I wore a sweat jacket over a t-shirt but took it off after only a block or two. Before I knew it, Humphrey and I had made it to my stretch goal – the Garden of Reflection 9-11 Memorial. Approximately a 2-mile roundtrip walk from our house.

Humphrey

When we arrived back home, I was sweating and Humphrey didn’t stop panting for 30-minutes. Clearly, we need to do this more often.

They’re an increasingly rare event, but days like today when I’m both motivated and have energy are a blessing. Hopefully, tomorrow will be the same  and I can walk the other two pups!

16 thoughts on “Just A Walk

  1. Thank you Jesus for a beautiful day. I’m glad that you enjoyed today’s weather, Mr Becker. Always in my prayers, God bless.

  2. I believe since my ALS diagnosis In September I have now changed my attitude I am taking one day at a time Yesterday we went to the movies My husband pushed me in my walker to the bathroom He took me to the handicap stall I thought the women would be upset with a man in the ladies room They were smiling and helpful I believe most people are good and kind I have my faith and family and friends I am blessed Look around and appreciate life I am for what time I have left

  3. So glad you enjoyed the glorious day!! Humphrey is so darn photogenic!! Cheers to more walks soon – be warned though, I may have to crash your walking party just so I can see Humphrey 🙂

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