Friday, September 4, 2009

To go to the fair, or not to go to the fair - what is the answer?

I am overwhelmed by the amount of responses I received on Facebook when I posted the question "To go to the fair, or not to go to the fair". So many of you responded with encouragement and support telling me to go. It just reminded me of the many people that have been praying for me, even for the simple things like going to the fair.

Well, did I go? I woke up in the morning ready to go. I was feeling energized and thought I could do it. But after I got the girls ready to go with some resistance from Kendall, I was exhausted. I then started second guessing my decision. Anxiety started welling up inside of me and I was scared to go. But after remembering the words of encouragement from everyone, I decided to buck up and go. And I am so glad I did.

The day was beautiful. The weather could not have been more perfect. I am so glad we had a wheelchair because it allowed me to experience the whole fair without getting too exhausted. The girls enjoyed hitching rides as well. I am not sure Jason enjoyed pushing the wheelchair, but he didn't complain. At one point, I had Kendall in my lap and Mackenzie holding my hand and I just started crying. I was so thankful for the time I was given to spend time with my family doing something I look forward to every year. After missing so many things this Summer, I did not take for granted the opportunity I had to go to the fair.

My senses were heightened and I saw everything with a new perspective. I also noticed that I was not in a hurry like I normally am. I just relaxed and enjoyed every moment. I think it was one of the best times I ever had at the fair with the kids. Of course, there were many things I did not get to do because we had kids along. The day was mostly about the kids and making sure they had fun. But that was OK with me. I didn't care what we did...except I had one thing I had to do before we left. Whac-a-mole.

Whac-a-mole has become a tradition for me at the fair. I hate to brag..I am pretty good and typically win a prize every time. But this time, playing Whac-a-mole had more meaning to me. If I were to win, it meant that the chemo, radiation, drugs and all of the poison in my body as not robbed me of my reflexes and mental capacity to process what I needed to do. On the first try, I won. I was so proud of myself. I selected a monkey that Kendall has adoringly taken in to be a part of her stuffed animal collection.

I know many of you prayed for me to have the ability to eat a corn dog. I started out slow...I had a bite of Kendall's corn dog. And it was a success. I decided to wait until I was hungry to get my own. But then I was sidetracked by the mini donuts, cheese curds, corn on the cob and cotton candy. All of which tasted better than ever. I was so worried that there would be nothing at the fair I could eat. I even packed some yogurt and ensure just in case I needed some nourishment that was not available at the fair. But it was not touched the entire time. And had I not filled up on all of the other food items I came across, a corn dog would have been consumed.

So prayers were answered!!! The Fair was success and I had a great time. I thank all of you who were praying for me!!! Now on to my next goal....


Anonymous said...

I am crying with such joy reading your post!!! I am so excited you reached your goal to get to the fair and eat fair food. I am so proud of you that you "bucked up" and went. Sometimes getting to something is half the battle but when you are there you are so glad you made it. Congrats!! I knew you could do it!! Ruth L.

Cheri Mueller said...

Yahoo! So excited that you could enjoy the Fair -- a simple pleasure (well actually LOTS of simple pleasures, most of them deep fried). I agree with you that it's the small things that make life so abundantly RICH! They're all reminders that God is GOOD.

Love to you,


Anonymous said...

Yeah! I'm am so glad you went and enjoyed it. It shows how much stronger you have become to able to go. It only gets better from here. We will continue praying for your strenghth and for more interesting food options for you!

Tracy Crumpton

Anonymous said...

This is the best post ever!!! It put a huge smile on my face! Your FAITH has brought you to this place of celebration and I thank you for sharing it with us all!!


Anonymous said...

That is so AWESOME, Sue!!! Yay!!! Another goal marked off your list...and it sounds like you even have extra energy left today, despite your long day yesterday. Thank you, Jesus! Keep after it...take it one step at a time.

Jennie K.

Anonymous said...

Way to go Sue! - Mark K.

mimi charmante said...

I am thrilled that you made it to the fair and that you had such a fabulous time while you were there Sue! I am sure that this is just the beginning, and that you will continue to be able to do things that mean so much to you. I am so happy for you my friend,

Anonymous said...

Oh Sue, I am sitting here bawling my eyes out with joy for you and your family. I can only imagine the sense of accomplishment and hope that you had at the fair. Funny how something we take for granted can become so important. I loved that you were not in a hurry, that you saw the fair like never before. I do believe because of my cancer I enjoy life more, I notice more, I am much more sensitive to others and I feel a much better person because of it. So, out of what seems to be the worst possible thing - good things can come to be. I am so proud of you, you are such a rock and a daily imspiration to everyone that knows you.

Good for you, there are other goals, you will get there. Believe Sue.

Susan Thomas

Anonymous said...

This is awesome Sue!! We talked about you while we were at the Fair on Monday, hoping we would hear a story like this!!! Congratulations!!!


Anonymous said...

Just like several other people who posted comments, I was in tears reading your post -- tears of joy for you and your family over this wonderful, marvelous, heavenly, glorious, wonderful, wonderful day! Whoever said prayers are not powerful? WE don't believe that!!

You are one of the most courageous people I know of. You stepped out in faith and God rewarded you with a terrific experience, better than you ever imagined it would be. I bet you will never view the Fair in the same way again, and never take for granted all the sights and sounds and smells and tastes. WAY TO GO, Sue!!

Bev Johansen

Anonymous said...

What an answer to prayer! Way to go! I am so happy to read this post!

Love and prayers,

Anonymous said...

Sue, I was so happy to read that you had attended the fair. What a great answer to prayer. I know the girls were also glad that you were able to go and enjoy it with them and Jason. How wonderful you won at whac a mole and were able to enjoy some of your favorite foods too! You have come so far and you will continue to get better and stronger each day. This is only the beginning of your comeback! Much love to you.
Maryann Raese

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your remarkable day! I am so happy for you and the girls and Jason... what fun!!! It is a measure of how far you have come and a testament to how far you will go!

Love you!

Anonymous said...


Now I'll play Whac-a-mole with a whole new perspective next time! I'm glad the fair was great for you and your family.