Keeping up-to-date on the goings on of friends and family provides simple cheer to my day (okay, so it’s much more often than each day and more like each hour because of Facebook). Nevertheless it is the small things that let the bigger, tougher thoughts float through my mind with a sense of ease knowing that this too shall pass. Love your emails, texts, cards, visits, prayers.
Friday I received an “Edible Arrangement” from a dear co-worker of my Dad’s. David, Tony and I devoured the fruit masterpiece this weekend with special entertainment provided by the boys as they went through an iterative process selecting a chocolate-warming vessel, a system for warming the chocolate sauce and dipping the fruit for maximum chocolate coverage, and saying things like, “I think women might like this. I think they might like anything dipped in chocolate.” Brilliant. They also discussed conical shapes and carbon fiber vertebral implants over the delightful fruit fest! Thanks, Patsy!
As for my own special shape that has taken residence in, on and around my vertebra, sucker is going to be put to rest! As early as this coming week I will likely start aggressive chemotherapy for a few rounds (1-2 months) in order to hopefully shrink and manage the size of the tumor, followed by a really tricky and invasive surgery for complete removal of the tumor, the vertebra and anything else that needs to go. This will then likely be followed by more chemo and radiation.
This too shall pass will be rough.
Rough times, however, can be the best teachable & learnable moments! As a big fan of organizing things I am getting a secret high off of keeping track of this new challenge. I am aware that such high may be different once treatment starts, but I’ll take it for now! If you ideas and/or resources for any and all kinds of cancer support links, websites, books, paraphinalia, etc. PLEASE email me, leave a comment or the like. I am not scared of learning ANYTHING or getting help in whatever way we need so please don’t hesitate to let me know what you know!
All my love,