I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately.  My struggle is I don’t have much of an attention span as a result of my recovery with GBS, so I have a hard time staying focused.  I have several books that I’ve started, bookmarked, and not finished.  Then, I got the perfect book.  It came as a gift from a close friend who herself went through her own medical battle.  The card inside the gift box read:

“Here is my copy of the Book of Awesome.  It helped me look for and learn to appreciate small and simple things.  I hope it makes you smile.  Emily”  This book got Emily through a challenging time in her life, and I know it will do the same for me.  Thanks Em!

The Book of Awesome is written by Neil Pasricha who didn’t want to forget how the little things in life were really what mattered.  Each chapter has something that will make you smile, cackle or giggle.   Want to read more Awesome?  Click here!

Some of my favorites from the book:

  1. Waking up and realizing it’s Saturday.  AWESOME!
  2. When a waitress brings a refill without your asking.  AWESOME!
  3. Making an observation during a game a few minutes before a sports commentator makes the exact same comment.  AWESOME!
  4. Falling Asleep when the Plane takes off.  Waking up when the plane lands. AWESOME!

So, inspired by Neil, and Emily, here is my list of AWESOME!

  1. Writing this blog.  At the urging of friends and family, I went “live” with  Expressing your raw feelings and honest struggles for all to judge is quite nerve-racking.  I wasn’t sure anyone would read it, or anyone would care.  I was pleasantly surprised.  They read, they cared.  Now, a month later, I have 1,978 hits to the site.  Who wants to help me get to 4,000 hits?  Do you?  AWESOME!
  2. Since I can’t wear heels (yet), I went through my closet to identify a few pair of shoes with a flat heel.  No such luck.  Only three pair of flats?  Out of 50 pair of shoes?  So, I went shopping online, and found an amazing pair of Steve Madden’s that should be arriving any day now!  AWESOME!
  3. Finally getting back on the treadmill.  I was on a traditional treadmill, without a harness for the first time.  I walked for 20 minutes, 1.2 miles, unassisted, on the treadmill at a pace of 3.5!  AWESOME!
  4. Getting back on the treadmill (again), two days later, walking for 30 minutes, 1.6 miles, unassisted, at a rate of 3.5!  Really AWESOME!
  5. Going to Dunkin Donuts and your coffee is already waiting for you at the counter, made just the way you like it.  AWESOME!
  6. My back has been aching since I was diagnosed with GBS. Not sure if it’s the after effects of the Spinal Tap (ewww), the lack of cardio I’ve had on my schedule for 3 months, or my obvious need for a new mattress (is 13 years too long for a mattress life?).  So, I scheduled my first massage.  AWESOME!
  7. Getting a mile in the upcoming Philly Marathon on Sunday dedicated to me.  Thanks Marissa!  AWESOME!
  8. Finding money in a pocket in a coat I haven’t worn since last season!  $5 in my black raincoat!  AWESOME!
  9. Visitors.  Since I’m not driving that much, I spend alot of time at home.  Since all of my friends and family are employed, I have to entertain myself during the day.  However, there are days when I get visitors.  Spending an hour with a friend to catch up to break up the monotony of the day.  AWESOME!
  10. With all of my “downtime”, I’m probably Netflix’s biggest customer.  So, I’ve been through lots of really bad movies.  However, I found a few keepers–Fair Game, Frost/Nixon, Up in the Air, Source Code, The Pianist.  12 hours of time well spent!  AWESOME!
  11. Having lunch with my friends from BMR and not being the only person on a cane.  Sharing the same struggles, reminiscing about our time in the hospital together, and remembering that you are not alone in your fight.  AWESOME!
  12. Getting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. I leave the lights off as to not awake completely from your sleep.  I shuffle in, and shuffle out.  I jump back into a warm bed, back in the exact same spot I left it.  Good Night!  AWESOME!
  13. Finding that there is an iPhone app for the Book of Awesome…. AWESOME!

So, what’s YOUR AWESOME?  So, come on— Post a comment with what is Your Awesome!  And let’s get to 4,000 hits!

Thank you for joining me on this journey.  AWESOME!


11 responses to this post.

  1. hi, that’s a nice post. i hope you will continue to do this 🙂


  2. Posted by Katie Carney on November 20, 2011 at 11:06 PM

    Sitting on the beach until 6PM and being one of the last people to leave…AWESOME!

    Being on top of my grading at school…AWESOME!

    Being part of a big family…AWESOME!

    Having my summers off…AWESOME!

    Waking up and knowing you still have a few more hours to sleep…AWESOME!


  3. Posted by Melissa Gouldin on November 19, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Still keeping in touch with your girlfriends and seeing them on a regular basis even though we graduated over 15 years ago ……AWESOME

    Having people fight over seconds of something I cooked…..AWESOME


  4. Posted by Megan Lavelle Ward on November 19, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Feeling like we’re kindred spirits upon reading your inspiring words of determination and gratitude for the little things in life…….AWESOME!

    Sometimes I wish everyone’s eyes could be opened to see all that they have and take for granted! So happy to read that your hard work is paying off and you are doing so remarkably well Suzy. I think about you often.

    Megan Lavelle Ward


  5. Posted by Pamela on November 18, 2011 at 9:22 PM

    Being satiated by just reading a recipe and not even cooking it! Awesome!
    Finding out that my sister no longer needs her AWESOME book. Awesome!

    Stay positive, Suzy; rest and repair.


  6. Posted by Sandy on November 18, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    I am now able to get out in my flower gardens and get down on my hands & knees without it hurting. Awesome


  7. Posted by katherine major on November 18, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    The return of Starbucks’ Peppermint Mocha- AWESOME!

    Having a hilarious and healthy sister- AWESOME!


  8. Posted by Emily on November 18, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Getting a thorough scalp massage with your shampoo at the hair salon. AWESOME!

    Every sock gets matched with its mate at the end of a laundry cycle. AWESOME!

    And a not so small and simple one….
    Having a sister who is a nurse at a top medical institution. Having that sister pull some strings (unbeknownst to you) to get you in with a world renown medical specialist and rock star of a doctor. After two plus years of visits and treatments, that specialist announces “Remission!” AWESOME!

    Thanks for the shout out! AWESOME!

    Keep working. Keep resting. Keep healing.

    Love, Em


  9. Posted by Theresa on November 18, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Love this post Suz and also love those boots! Enjoy them AND your massage!!


  10. Posted by Syl on November 18, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Being retired! AWESOME!
    love, Syl


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