Dawn of Summer

It’s Sunday Morning around 7:30 am. Except with the time difference, it feels like an hour later.

Yesterday, Hubby & I made an impromptu trip to Chicago. Initially we were supposed to go with my parents to visit Dr. Bro & Dr. SIL, but instead we went alone. Last minute, we were booking a hotel room so that we wouldn’t have to bother the busy docs so much.

Imagine our suprise when we got into our hotel room and saw a view of Lake Michigan. It. Was. Spectacular. And to top it off, we scored a corner room which just happened to be the best view of Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park. I’ve been to Chi-town many times in my life, but have never had the opportunity to have such an incredible view of Lake Michigan.

You see, at the last minute the cheapest room we could find within the downtown area was at the Congress Plaza Hotel. And even then, it was a little on the pricier side than what we would have like to spend. But, oh was the view definitely worth it. Especially at around 4:30-ish when I specifically set the alarm to watch the sun rise.

It was a thrilling moment this morning, looking over Lake Michigan’s horizon and anticipating the sunrise. Watching the sky turn different shades of a pastel-like rainbow as I waited patiently for the sun to make his (her?) appearance seemed to be very symbolic of my life at this exact moment. At least I hope it is.

Last Monday, I had a follow-up appointment with my GYN to go over the current treatment I’ve been receiving for endometriosis. Yes, I’m talking about that God-awful drug called Lupron. After reviewing the ultrasound results from my last date with the US tech, my GYN gave me the option of continuing on Lupron for one more month (to make it a total of 6 months) or stop it after receiving the Month Five dose on that visit. Guess which one I chose?! Uh-huhn … one last shot in the rear, and I was skipping out of that office knowing that I no longer had to endure the side effects after this month.

And after this month, I’m looking at the end of yet another dark period in my life. Hopefully this means no more awful headaches. Or no more of those d*mn hot flashes. But most of all? Hopefully no more of that rainbow of emotions from extreme happiness to anger in a flash of a second. And hopefully no more tears brought on suddenly by a tidal wave of sadness or of feeling completely overwhelmed by something as simple as getting up for the day.

I’m literally hoping it’s the dawn of a new day in this period in my life. And seeing as yesterday was the Summer Soltice, otherwise known as the first full day of summer, I’m hopeful that I will find the inner strength in me … the power of the sun, if you will … to climb out of the horizon of darkness of and into the light of a new day.

How appropriate, because two weeks from today, I will be celebrating yet another year of life that I’ve gotten through. And this birthday, I want to celebrate the fact that I was born and not focus on the fact that I will still be childless at the age of 36.


And now pics from our impromptu Chi-town Trip

0 Replies to “Dawn of Summer”

  1. What a beautiful picture of the sun rising over the Lake! That is so cool that you are so close to Chi-town and can hop over like that – too cool.

    Happy *almost * Birthday sweetie, you are such an amazing and positive person. We are all lucky to have you in our blog life.


  2. Happy early birthday and congrats on your last devil (I mean Lupron) shot. Your pictures of Chicago made me want to jump off of my couch and into our car or catch the train to Chicago. I’m glad you had a great time and a great view. Hope you’re doing well.

  3. Wow that sunrise picture is gorgeous!! It could be in a magazine, it’s so awesome! Glad you had a good weekend. Also happy to hear no more lupron! I’ll be starting it in a couple of weeks, but I think I only have to take it for 10 days.

    I hope you celebrate your birthday this year with a lot of joy, happiness, love and hope! Life is a gift and 36 years young is a blessing!

  4. I love chi-town too but then again I’m partial since it is my home town! We were celebrating downtown Saturday night with another IVF couple from Georgia. I guess it was Fertility in the City!

    YOu take really nice pictures.

  5. Oh, I LOVE Chicago! I wish I lived close enough to take an impromptu trip! You are lucky, lucky, lucky. And what awesome pictures, too. You really scored with your hotel room!

  6. Whoo! No more Lupron! That is most excellent!
    The pictures are great – that sky is so freaking gorgeous.
    I hope you have a fantastic birthday!

  7. Beautiful picture. I hope this will be a new dawn for you. 🙂 And good for you for looking at your birthday for what it is and not how it relates to having/not having kids!

  8. Beautiful pics! Love the view and the sunrise pic especially!

    Glad the Lupron is over. I was very happy when my doctor gave me my IVF protocol and has me on BCPs and something else later for suppression and no Lupron. I remember Lupron headaches and hot flashes. Ugh!

  9. That sunrise was beautiful!!! Well worth getting up at 4:30 am (can’t say that about too many things :))

    And I hope you have a wonderful birthday 🙂

  10. What a gorgeous view!
    I’m hoping for all of those things for you, too. And that this year is your year.

  11. Hooray! Down with Evil Lupron! Three cheers for Emily and her birthday!

    Many happy returns and much joy as you move into this new phase.

  12. Your trip looks like it was great! I loved the pics!

    Yay! So happy you get to ditch the Lupron!!! I know how much you despised it!

    Hopefully this will just be the start of some great things happening in your life!

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