Marilyn saw her doctor today. (For an unpleasant and painful exam, I'm afraid.) The very good news is that he really doesn't recommend surgery at this time! Hurray. (Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to offer her support and good wishes during a very difficult time, by the way.)
I have tremendous confidence in her doctor. He's even taken the time to personally call the house to tell her test results in the past. What doctor does that these days?
Well, I suppose on the one hand it would have actually been good for her to have some time off for the surgery. Her schedule recently has been just grueling. The cyst and fibroid both cause her pain and other discomforts, but she's been such a trooper! She never fails to amaze me.
She put in incredible hours since taking on the 'acting Executive Director' role at work. (Again, without the title, which she doesn't care to assume.) Ten hour days with no break -- including for lunch -- are common.
After she finishes up work this coming Saturday she'll have worked 13 days in a row without a day off. I know that's common for a lot of people, but she does have the added stress of being 'in charge' at work right now. Deadlines for budgets are on now. And I'll do an entire separate post regarding the Auction. (Hopefully soon.)
I'm amazingly proud of my sister. She's an accomplished writer who has had some opportunities recently to show off both her writing ability and her outstanding public speaking, as well. (It's rare to find someone who can both write and speak the way she does.)
I don't think she's automatically comfortable doing the schmoozing that's required in her job, but you'd never know it to watch her work a room! She's warm and outgoing and witty (so quick) and fun.
She works hard to stay in shape -- something I certainly can't claim -- and looks fabulous. Deservedly so. She's working out right now as I'm sitting here writing this, as a matter of fact.
I've watched and listened to her recently as she's been in a position to help others get employment. It's impressive to me. She says that taking those calls and writing those letters of recommendation are humbling to her. That struck me very hard when she said it to me. And it still strikes me now.
She goes out of her way to try and help unemployed people find work. Those who used to work for the organization in the past. (Many were interns or seasonal employees. So there's a huge influx of new people each year.) The good news is that one of the phone calls I happened to be in office to hear was probably very influencial in getting a man we both know a new job. This in spite of the fact that he's had a rather spotty job history since leaving the association.
She deserved this good news about her health, considering how hard she works at staying healthy. Eating right -- even when it's a lot more fun, and a lot easier, not to. Taking vitamins and supplements religiously. Working out. Caring for her dental health even when it's timely and expensive and her skin. Taking great pains to keep her fingernails and toenails healthy and attractive. Spending time on keeping her hair vibrantly healthy and lovely.
It's a lot of work to look good and be healthy. Marilyn is inspirational to many people for the way she manages it. She certainly is to me!
Of course, her appearance is only one part of an amazing package. She's always been incredibly intelligent. But has never, ever flaunted it. (I suspect there are many who have no clue -- and who judge her based on her being a good-looking blond.) She cares about others. She's acted as a mentor to countless individuals. Genuinely cares about the welfare of the association she works for -- and the employees there. (They're always fond of telling me how they know she has their backs. Which is entirely true!)
She and I together as a 'family unit' belong to countless organizations. She gives as generously as we can afford to to numerous charities. Marilyn is no saint -- far from it. She's too much fun for that!
But she's a decent person. An intelligent person. A person I'm fortunate to be related to, who I'd feel lucky just to know if I weren't blessed by having her as my sister.
I'm listening to the squeak of the treadmill as she works out and thinking how incredible it is that she can face it after the pain and discomfort of her exam today. Plus being worn out from this past weekend.
Damn, she's something!
I wish I could be poetic -- a poet I am so not -- here. I wish I could find words to convey what Marilyn is like to those who've never encountered her. Her humor and warmth stand out for me, I guess. But the whole package is very special! Anyway, I'm cheered by her good news. We had expected her to be scheduling her surgery for this coming November. Perhaps it can be put off entirely -- which would be a major blessing. I hope so.
Speaking of which, I'm feeling pretty well recovered now from my own surgery of last January. Now I need to get in and concentrate on regular exercise and toning. My stomach still looks awful from the horrible, large scar. Especially combined with my childhood scar there which runs the opposite direction! (ugh) I started to do a little last week before I got sick. (More about that in a separate entry!)
Marilyn is very encouraging. I know she'll be supportive as always as I get back to working out again. She got us entries for the Shamrock Run next March at the Auction! I'm very excited about that!
Consider me officially in training for that event from here on out!
Hello to everyone, by the way. I'm so behind reading here, very much related to work on the Auction and other RL concerns. I hope you're all doing great!
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