Wonderful Blog about Cancer and Life
With her permission, I am sharing (advertising!) a wonderful blog posted by a woman whom I know with ovarian cancer. I realize that most readers of this blog are dealing with breast cancer, but this is a great example of the many similarities in our experiences. The type of cancer and the specific drugs used for treatment are much less important, in our common journey, than our feelings--and, those of course, are the same.
So, here are a couple of quotes from Sandi's blog and then a link to read more:
In March 2010, I was in New Zealand for a month volunteering for Habitat For Humanity. The adventure was one I had wanted to do for years but could never "break away to find the time" A constant lament of mine. Always too busy. I still work at 66, soon to be 67, so I've allowed my professional life to dictate my my life. Easy to do
Her next question really took me by surprise as she asked "is there someone you'd like me to call to come over and be with you now". I just looked at her. I had not said anything yet as I couldn't digest what she just told me about the cancer. I was still three sentences behind her. First it's a bump in the road and in he next sentence, asks me if I'd if I'd like someone to come over to be with me. My first words to her were, "are you telling me to go home and make my final arrangements?" I just couldn't separate her sentences.
Before the appointment, I was headed to the office but after my "bump in the road", it seemed superflous to go to the office and act like nothing was wrong. So I went home to digest this new and alarming information. One the way out of the medical building, my phone rang and it was my nephew Steve. His first words were "what's going on?". I made an instant decision that normal talk would be deceiving to both of us so I told him what had just happened. I knew he was driving and as worried about that but he had the good sense to pull off to the side of the road to talk. I very calmly told him what was said in the doctor's office. Even though I was being very matter of fact, we both could not hide our tears.
The link: http://sandismarathon.wordpress.com/2010/08/17/a-month-before-diagnosis/