Hope on the horizon

There are a few signs of hope on the horizon. The first is that my husband got his first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine yesterday and I’ll get mine later today. I have some reservations, about the risk of an allergic reaction (because I’ve had some very sudden, weird new allergies to foods recently) and about possible neurological side effects down the road and probably most significantly that the vaccine won’t protect us against the new strains of the virus that are going around.

But still, getting the vaccine at all is an act of hope. I trust science. And it gives me a feeling of hopeful anticipation that life may return to normal later this year. I miss going on date nights to Dallas with my sweetie and I miss going to concerts.

Another sign of hope is that my husband is finally getting his colostomy reversed in a couple of weeks. There were times when it was questionable whether that would be able to happen, especially when he was still under the care of his first oncologist. The colostomy has always been a bigger deal to him than to me but I am very happy for him and feel hopeful that it will be a source of significant healing for him.

I’m also hopeful because I’m applying for a lot of jobs, on average about 5 a day. I feel confident that I’ll get one eventually, when the time is right and when the right job comes along.

I am learning to live more in the moment instead of fearing the future. Yes, my husband will likely die before I will, and it will be too soon whenever it comes. But I don’t think it will be this year. So instead, I’m moving forward with hope in my heart while planning for the future.

I’m looking so intently for jobs not just because I’ll have to be able to support myself, but also because the extra income can make our lives better for as long as he’s here. We can pay down debt and build up our savings and hopefully get to travel. I’m back in that mind space of feeling optimistic about my future and empowered to control what I can.


  1. Sandi says:

    Hang in there. I’m sorry to hear about the health issues. Many of us are in the same boat with jobs. We’ll never pay our debt down, as either one of us is laid off or both simultaneously! This has happened several times for us. We survive and keep our home…but the credit card debt remains. Just when we think we can now have enough to get another vehicle for me – so the kids can drive the old van…my job went POOF. And Now I’m sad that hard savings is now going toward groceries and other cost of living items. No car now. And the van is requiring more service now – for whatever reason the heater stopped working and we have snow. and there’s an oil leak. 🙂


    1. Holly says:

      Thanks for reading and commenting! Boy, do I relate to your hard times. I was there for most of the past 15 years and things only started to look up in the past year. I’m sorry to hear about your car troubles too—it just seems like it’s always one thing after another. Hoping for you that things will look up soon and you can finally catch a break.


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