My third grade teacher Ms. Sypher told wonderful, magical tales that I think about to this day. Of the many details I remember from that year is the story she told of her lifelong quest for a spherical rock that was exactly the size of a golf ball (she was and still is an avid golfer). For the last 21 years (since I was 9 or so) I have been looking for that rock to take to her, thinking it would be the ultimate “thank you” for all that she taught me about believing in the good things in life.
I have yet to find the rock but for some unknown reason I keep growing new golf-ball shaped invaders inside my body. Yes, this time I’ve got a little something going in my left lung. Actually, it looks as though the tumor is not in the lung but rather growing from outside of the lung and pressing in on it.
The spot was found on my May MRI and we quickly started the search for a treatment plan. Though much less complicated than the last tumor this new one still poses some unique challenges. I will start two new chemotherapy drugs on July 13 and complete two cycles (total of 6 weeks, but no hospital stays this time). I will then get another set of scans to see if there are any changes to the tumor and either way I will have a surgery to remove what remains. After the surgery I will likely undergo a few more rounds of chemo.
Hopefully all of this will be done locally so I can be a little more comfortable and we can try to carry on with “normal” life a little more easily. Fortunately I have had a great recovery from last year’s treatment and my body is super strong again! I am ready to take on this challenge and am so glad that I am not currently experiencing any pain.
Again, knowing that you are praying for me, thinking good thoughts or sending good vibes means the world to me. I find strength in support from family and friends, remembering that there is so much good in life despite the battles.
And maybe I should stop swallowing golf balls.