I have always liked the water. As a child, we would spend our summers at the ‘beach house’ on the Puget Sound near Olympia, Washington. We would swim, use the boat, catch jellyfish, and water ski. There was a whole gang of kids. Summer was fantastic. We had to help mom with the house chores yet had plenty of free time to do what we wanted. The worst part was when we all caught poison ivy and had to stay in and be covered with that terrible cream.
The ’beach house’ was sold when we were teenagers. This time meant the real world was now part of our reality, a summer job was upon us. We started with a real fun one: picking strawberries. That was hard, we got paid on the number of baskets we turned in, so if you ate too many berries you did not make much money. Next was the summer in the kitchen in the hospital. This was fun. I learned how to make custard, which I still love today. Next was on the floor, working with the elderly patients, feeding them milk toast (gross).
We got to go use the public pool when it was open, and our work schedule allowed it. It was not the same as the Sound, but it was swimming. Let me tell you, I am not a great swimmer, I just love the water. This went on during high school. Then college, marriage, children and no swimming.
When all the kids had left home, I joined the women’s gym and started doing water aerobics six days a week early in the morning. I did this for out five years. I was getting my love for swimming and time in the pool fulfilled. Then God had a plan to interrupt my swimming. It was a laryngectomy. That was six and a half years ago. They said no swimming……l This made me sad.
Then I heard about laryngectomees that were swimming, I thought long and hard about it, I prayed about it. Then this year I decided it was attainable for to do, yes, I can do this.
I purchased floaters. I planned to use a pool. I went swimming on July 22, 2020. After 6.5 years I was back in the pool. It was the most fantastic fun. It was unbelievable that I was able to do this. I thank God for my event of a lifetime.