My Cancer Journey - Week 29

Have had several days to reflect on all that has happened in the past 12 months.  It was the second week of September ’09 when I discovered the small lump in my neck.  It was late December when the diagnosis was confirmed.  The realities and the emotions of learning you have cancer can be summed up in the words of Yoda:  “Named must your fear be before banish it you can.”  In order to stay in a positive mindset, the support of family and friends is essential.  The brutality of the treatment regime can easily rob you of will.  Giving up would be easy.  Quitting becomes an option for some people but not me.  Loved ones push you, care for you, and focus the fight.  Friends and long distance family offer prayers and positive thoughts.  They visit when they can but always call and email  with their encouragement.  They celebrate each success with you.  The support team is as important as the medical team.

So here’s to my team!  You’ve been incredible.  Thank you.  With the PET scan showing clear, the good guys are winning.  Full recovery is still months away as the radiation and the chemo continue to work.  Diligence and healthy habits will keep the demon from making a comeback.

Want to share a message from my friend Dr. John because this is how I feel.  “I think you're well beyond Round One against a very tough opponent and judging by your recent e-mails, you're well ahead on points late into the bout.  Bravo Zulu”  I am stronger every week and believe me, I have a new appreciation for living. Cue Yoda for another quote:  “Do or do not.  There is no try.”