Well my week at Camp KEMO is over! What a week it was! The counselors and staff are like family! The kids are phenomenal! And the food, well the food is abundant and served often!
Camp KEMO is a weeklong camp for kids/teens with cancer and their siblings. It is a magical place for all that attend. Many of the counselors have been there 10 plus years. We had 10 counselors celebrate their 10 year anniversaries just this year. I have been at camp for 24 years and I am the Chief Counselor at this great place. We have some special programs, events, and plenty of food, but that is not what makes it special. It is the relationships that make camp so special. The kids like all of the wonderful ‘stuff’, but as the years go by, it is the people they remember. I have never been part of a group of people that is any more special than the volunteers, staff, and kids that participate in camp each year.
It is important for those of you that follow The Fat Guy to know that camp has been the one thing that has kept me energized (outside of God and Family) through my tough times. Each year I have gone to camp and each year I have come out with a clean energized feeling for life. It helps me to put things in perspective and to appreciate all of the good things in my life. It helps to cleanse me of the cynicism that builds up during the year between camps.
This past week was also a week of eating without tracking! I ate too much food and too many sweets. If I had tracked my caloric intake this week it would have been off of the charts. I cannot do this again. The worst part of my eating was the sugar intake. I ate candy, ice cream, cookies, cake, and more candy!! As I have seen on several occasions during my journey sugar is a test I fail every time. I will have to detox my body of sugar this week and clean up my daily diet.
Sometimes I have to just pay the price for a day or a week of bad habits. I do not need to let it go longer! I let myself indulge at camp, now it is time to get back on the rails.
Note to You and Me: Slip, get up, brush yourself off, and get back to basics!! Once you learn good habits, learn to go back to them!
Living, Loving, Losing, Laughing! @ Camp Kemo and in Life!
The Fat Guy!