On Monday, Joel and I took little man swimming! It was great! I love swimming and so does he, and he is quite a little water baby. He kicks his legs in the water and loves getting water on his face and even going underwater. He found it hilarious when one of us held him and swam with him down the length of the pool while the other one swam proper lengths and was giggling and squealing with delight at the sight of Joel swimming freestyle! What made the excursion even better was that there was no-one else there and the three of us had the whole pool to ourselves (with the exception of the lifeguard who watched us intently the whole time to make sure we didn’t drown in the 0,9m deep pool! 😉 )
But, for me, the best and most significant part of the whole outing was that I was there, at the public swimming pool.
I know that sounds strange as going swimming is rather an unremarkable thing, but for me it was yet another milestone in my cancer journey. Throughout my chemotherapy, public swimming pools were literally the only place I was advised to avoid as my immunity was so low and there are lots of bacteria in public pools. Throughout, and after my radiotherapy pools remained off limits as the chemicals were too strong for my battered skin. My skin has now healed and to finally be able to go swimming whenever I like, feels amazing!!!
For me, going swimming represented one more step in the right direction and another part of my life that has been restored and for this I am very thankful! I am so thankful that my strength and energy are returning and that I am slowly starting to feel (and look) like my old self. I am so thankful that I am able to be a more active mummy and take my little boy out. I am so thankful for a wonderful family and I am so thankful to know the love and power of a faithful God. We have so much to be thankful for. Going swimming has reminded me of that, and I hope it has reminded you too! 🙂