On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Friday, August 06, 2010

Thinking it through

It's been more than a month since Youngest Daughter and I went camping in the Sierra. I don't understand how some things happen, I only know that being away for four days/three nights made an enormous difference to me. It was like the respite allowed me to get done what I needed to get done.

Since then I have watched almost no television. Historically, I'm not a huge fan of TV anyway, but I do admit to a major CNN addiction - hours and hours of the same news stories droning through my days. It's important to me to keep up with what's going on in our world, our country, our community, but because almost all of the news is beyond my ability to effect change, I really don't need to know many details.

Still and all, I recognize the news worthiness of this week, but I'm so used to staying away from television that I only allowed myself a 30-minute stint both yesterday and today to follow network news, being ABC-TV in my case. I approve of what little I observed - Ms. Kagan being our next Supreme Court Justice and the overturn of Proposition 8 here in California.

These are interesting times. Whenever I recall how poor my prognosis was 8-1/2 years ago and how I was quite certain I would die by the end of 2002, I look at all I've gotten to see and witness. Some of it is family news - grandsons entering golf tournaments - but some of it concerns the entire world, or at least some smaller piece of it. I feel so sorry for people who die (!) given that they miss out on so much!!! (If that thought is too weird, just remember I'm quietly entering my dotage these days...)


  1. I know EXACTLY what you mean, except it was 2008 I didn't expect to make it thru. Except I do think I can make a difference the ripple on the pond, the ant and the rubber tree plant.. you do matter and you do make a difference.

  2. Thank you so much, Elaine -- and best wishes for good health!


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