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Queensboro bridge... I have to take a break from my daily routine :)

I just can't wait!

I am taking my annual leave (I think I have been working too much lately :)) to enjoy spring break with my kids in the next two weeks in April and this time, we are heading to Canada! 
Another road trip for the Frakarsas!
I hope the weather is getting better as well down NYC is nicer and warmer lately!

Stick around for more stories from our trip, will you?

Before that, I have had my weekly check-up just to make sure that everything is fine!

cheers from NYU Clinical Cancer Center

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Music that Heals at NYU Clinical Cancer Center

I believe you all agree that music heals.
Yup, music does heal :).

I personally love music. Love it so much, to be exact :).

I love singing, playing guitar, listening to all kinds of music and not to forget, watching music concerts. My hubby loves it, too. Well, he's an avid bassist, guitarist and drummer. And we do sing and play music together. Perhaps, I guess music brings us together since the very beginning as I joined his band before we were dating :). Aaaah...such sweet memories :).

Musik memang selalu memiliki efek menenangkan dan menyenangkan buat saya.
Rasanya bahagia. Kalau bisa bermain musik, bernyanyi sesuka hati...apalagi kalau duet dengan suami :).

Lately, I have been visiting NYU Clinical Cancer Center on daily basis.
Every day, from Monday to Friday, for my radiation therapy.
I am obviously tired, but I have to go through this therapy uninterruptedly. 
And amidst my fatique thanks to the radiation and the trip I have to make, nothing makes me feel more relaxed than sitting down at the lobby for a while and enjoying some cool, refreshing music.

Truly Music that Heals :).
Co-founded in 2007 by Kathy Lord and Susan Weber, both are musicians, Music that Heals has inspired seriously ill adults and children in 25 hospitals, clinics, and various health facilities all over New York City, in its 5 boroughs. My Clinic at the NYU has them, too. Involving professional performers from a wide range of music genres, they have brought joy, happiness and pleasant environment to patients and those around them amidst the rigorous treatments and procedures that we have to go through.

And I am lucky. During my painful chemotherapy, I managed to get a chance to enjoy those mini concerts from Music that Heals. 

One Wednesday, I saw this cool lady with her guitar playing all those great songs from John Denver, Stevie Wonder, and many more. I was transfixed to her alluring melodies although I just have some doses of Taxol and Herceptin. So cool...

Sayang saya terlewat namanya. Tapi dia sempat memperkenalkan diri dan bilang kalau dia sering bermain musik di subway, Dan sumpah,,,suaran, gaya dan pilihan lagunya keren bangeeet. Just exactly like what I love :)

Then the following visit,  I enjoyed this classic performance. 
Meskipun hanya berdua, tapi musik klasik yang mereka tampilkan sangat berkelas.

Aren't they great?
Well, I only have these two videos and I would definitely make some more if I got to see them. 

Feel free to check their website and you can support them by donating or becoming volunteer to one of their programs, too.

Really enjoy Music that Heals. And I do sincerely hope it will help me through my ordeal :).

Anugerah Terindah


Saya suka banget...
Sering malah....
Geser sedikit selfie, ketemu temen selfie, datang ke tempat baru selfie. 
Bahkan setiap pagi, ketika kesehatan dan cuaca memungkinkan, saya selalu selfie dengan abang Bo saat mengantarkannya ke sekolah. 
Buat saya, selfie, wefie, dan apapun itu namanya, adalah satu bentuk ekspresi diri yang paling fun. Walaupun seringkali lebay karena sedikit-sedikit selfie, tapi ada kebahagiaan sendiri yang dirasakan ketika melihat hasilnya :).

Dan salah satu selfie terakhir yang saya ambil mengingatkan saya akan anugerah terindah yang diberikan Allah SWT kepada saya. Tuhan Yang Maha Baik memberikan saya cinta tak terbatas dari seorang suami yang setia dan sabar. Unconditional love dari sosok sederhana yang menemani saya sejak awal menapaki kehidupan dengan lebih 'serius'. Ayah dari anak-anakku :).

Foto selfie ini diambil beberapa menit sebelum saya diusher atau diantar ke ruang operasi.

Beberapa saat sebelum saya kembali merasakan dinginnya meja operasi dan menikmati 'happy juice' yang langsung membuatku kehilangan kesadaran and not knowing what happen in the next three hours
Foto diambil di ruang pre-op yang berukuran 2 x 2 meter dengan dinding polos, tempat saya berganti baju dan bersiap-siap. Nothing fancy here, kecuali doa dan harapan buat saya, dan juga keluarga, menjalani rangkaian pengobatan ini.

with my love...

Rangkaian prosedur yang harus saya jalani sejak terdeteksi mengidap kanker payudara bulan Juli 2014 memang banyak. Mulai dari masektomi (yang diawali dengan mamogram, USG, dan biopsi serte pre-op procedures lainnya seperti MRI, PET CT, dan CT-Scan), 16 rounds of chemotherapy, dan breast reconstruction, hingga nanti radiasi dan pengobatan hormon. 

Operasi terakhir yang saya jalani adalah rekonstruksi payudara, untuk memperbaiki sisa masektomi di mana semua jaringan payudara hingga ke tulang dada diangkat. Hehehehe...ngebayanginnya aja udah ngilu ya, apalagi menjalaninya. Meskipun prosedur yang saya jalani ini jauh lebih sederhana dibandingkan mastektomi sebelumnya, tapi tetap saja saya ndredeg menjalaninya, because anything can happen. Dan ketika saya sudah ikhlas, tetap saja terbersit rasa takut jika saya tidak bangun pasca operasi. Tidak lagi bertemu orang-orang tercinta saya :(. 

Cengeng? mungkin..
Lebay? bisa jadi...
But that's exactly how I felt at that time..
Ya Allah, maafkan hamba-Mu yang lemah ini...

Tapi alhamdulillah, saya selalu diberi suntikan semangat dari banyak pihak, terutama keluarga, teman dan rekan kerja. 
Terutamanya lagi orang-orang tercinta saya. 
Dan my munchkin, panggilan sayang buat Udi, selalu ada di sisi, bersama Bo et Obi yang kerap melihat saya dengan khawatir dan bertanya "are you okay, mommy?". 

Siang itu, sebelum berjalan menuju OR, my munchkin hanya memeluk dan mencium dahi saya, seraya bilang "Jangan lupa berdoa...nanti kita ketemu lagi setelah selesai operasi." 
That's it...
As simple as that...

Tapi saya tahu, di sana terselip ribuan doa, permohonan, dan keikhlasan atas skenario indah-Nya untuk saya dan harapan agar saya terus berjuang untuk sehat. Dan saat mata ini berat membuka sambil sayup-sayup mendengar suara hiruk pikuk recovery room usai operasi, kecupan lembutnya yang membuat saya sadar dan mengucap syukur alhamdulillah karena sudah diberi kekuatan menjalani prosedur kali ini. Dan masih diberi rezeki menikmati sisa hidup dengan orang-orang tercinta.

Lomba Selfie story bersama Smartfren dan blog Emak Gaoel kali ini sukses membuat saya tergugu. Karena selfie saya kali ini bukan sekedar selfie versi cengar-cengir dan hura-hura seperti selfi saya yang lain.

Tapi selfie yang mengajarkan besarnya cinta Yang Kuasa bagi umat-Nya.
Cinta bersahaja dari seorang suami yang menjadi sumber energi luar biasa untuk terus berjuang.

Terima kasih, Ya Rabb..
Untuk anugerah terindah yang Engkau percayakan padaku.

For my one and only munchkin..
and the night would be enough...

New York, March, 2014

WW: My second chemotherapy...

Yesterday, I got my second chemotherapy at NYU Clinical Cancer Center...
Three hours infusion and get ready for all the impacts :)
God has provided my strength and the spirit to go over it..
So cheers...and let's fight it! :)

my matching bracelet :)

the color of the day: teal :)
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