Can it already be 2017?
So much has happened in 2016 – really good stuff and really bad both personal – like my brain tumors and cancer, but so much daily support from friends and family and getting married to Antonio. Let’s hope 2017 will be a good year for us all – the world included.
Let me start with the good – in spite of the tumors and cancer – I am still around and getting better each day even if still low energy and getting tired too quickly, and Antonio and others by my side has been amazing! Our marriage is already almost 2 months ago – Antonio helps me to have the will to go on – inspiring and motivating me. Also, had some amazing trips this year – for work to Tanzania and Senegal. Click on the links for some photos of the events: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157792726075035&set=a.10151492120860035.842621.807510034&type=3&theater
More photos on my timeline! Including for fun in Spain. Friend me if not already done to see the pics: https://www.facebook.com/alan.silverman.756/media_set?set=a.10156192380160035.1073741893.807510034&type=3 and https://www.facebook.com/alan.silverman.756/media_set?set=a.10156148308790035.807510034&type=3 and https://www.facebook.com/alan.silverman.756/media_set?set=a.10155816744950035.1073741870.807510034&type=3 and Peru – already a year ago
On the downside, this year is Trump’s ascendency and all that has come with that and I am still feeling pretty shitty overall.
Each Trump appointment is a new assault on us! Anti-environment, pro-war, anti–woman, anti-LGBT, anti-minority, pro-Russia and Putin, anti- Muslim, taking and threatening to take apart the progress under Obama, including healthcare and international relations etc… can we survive his 4 years? I don’t look forward to the ride! Hang on! And last week, RIP George Michael, too many giants of popular music died last year.
I am still going for my treatments and therapy at Sloan and Aspire, though with not much motivation or enthusiasm. I do see progress, but not enough yet to really believe I will get out the other end in perfect shape. I hope I am wrong! Antonio has enough faith for the 2 of us right now! Still eating too much and my body shows it. Though my bloated belly is down a bit. And major muscle groups (arms and chest, legs and back) slowly coming back some.
We went to see La La Land with Jon Cook – enjoyed but didn’t love it.
Also some weekend side trips to Maryland and Pennsylvania the past few weekends. First to Philly to see my niece and family and to see Kaelah perform in the Nutcracker. See last week’s blog for details about that trip. Kaelah will come stay with us the weekend of February 4th and I got tickets for all of us for a dance performance at the Joyce. Complexions Modern ballet. Looking forward to that time with her.
I got an amazing Hannukah gift from Miriam – hand crafted gold bowls -, and by the way, the Nat Geographic magazine in the pic below is about gender and is a wonderful issue. I highly recommend that you read it, talks a lot about issues I worked on for he UN for All initiative http://www.uncares.org/unforall/homepage – Sometimes hard to recall the progress on gender issues in spite of Trump-talk and actions:
I am getting requests a few times a week for consulting work – but not ready to say yes yet. Hopefully I’ll be ready for work early 2017!
We had a wonderful Pre- Xmas eve, which was also the first day of Hanukkah with Ronny, Miguel and Antonio –pic below- : Eric joined us as well to light the candles.
On Christmas day, we were invited by Francesca and Cesar to join them them for Christmas brunch. Cesar had prepared an amazing seafood meal (arroz caldoso con langosta) – like a paella but stewier – lobster, shrimp, calamari, mussels, etc. with bomba rice (the typical Spanish rice used to cook paella). We were there with Miguel and Ronny.
Selfie of the lunch crew at Francesca and Cesar’s apartment: – we had an amazing Xmas brunch
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Matías, Francesca and Cesar’s son, loved the basketball set we got him for Xmas- he fits the gender stereotype for a typical boy and he is just that – very boy- a sweet holy terror with more energy than God!
Ronny (took the photo below), me with Miguel and Antonio. Heading home from Roosevelt Island by subway – deep into the earth to get to the platforms:
We ended 2016 in Florida. Original plan was to be in Spain, but for visa reasons, we cannot leave the USA until Antonio has a provisional green card – probably March.
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I am debating whether to stop the blog or continue. The plus of continuing:
- It exercises my brain
- I don’t have to answer individual emails, phone calls, etc.
- Helps me to remember the week and my memory needs to be exercised – so this is actually part of my therapy.
- Getting my thoughts on “paper”
- Letting you know what is happening with me each week and follow my progress or lack of it.
The downside of stopping:
- Not having to focus on this each week and take the energy to do so – starting to feel too much like a chore
- Having to respond to individual inquiries each week and maybe each day!
Thoughts welcome – especially if you really read it each week?