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!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tomorrow, tomorrow

It was hard to wake up this morning because I was so drugged from the night before, but I made it and got to the 10:00 a.m. Ash Wednesday service.  The next thing I did was rush home and scrub off the ashes.

A friend picked me up and drove me to the Coping with Cancer support group which I appreciate more and more.  There were nine of us today with several absences that we knew about it advance.  That's the one place in town where I can winge about cancer to my heart's content - and so can everyone else. Only folks living with cancer truly understand what it's like to live with cancer, how it comes and goes, how years can pass with nothing to say and then BONG! - we're suddenly hit with bad news all over again.

Another friend brought food treats (devoured within 10 minutes because they were so good).  I received cards and a letter - an actual letter - from others.  No one can say I'm not getting my fair share of attention from the community.  My task is to return the favor, I tend to be much to one-sided in my appreciation of others.  I think the good thoughts, I just don't act on them enough.  Something to consider during 2013.

On to tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. You made it! Hope it was a nice service too. Why did you wash off the ashes? In the Catholic faith we wear them all day. We are old always tell who the Catholics were when I grew up by things like this and no meat on Friday kind of things.

    Glad your eye is so much better. And, most people trying to do something for someone who has been as sick as you have been don't expect anything back from their cards or prayers. I think it's more like a pass it forward kind of thing (and you've done that by helping the juvie kids).


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