Saturday, November 24, 2007

in this for the long (hopefully very long) haul

A few random facts about my life as a cancer patient:

I have treatments on Tuesdays (two weeks on, two weeks off).

I always feel better by Saturday. Much better. Almost as if I'd never had treatment at all.

The chemo regimen I am currently on makes me feel crappy but is NOTHING like "make you bald and bloated and unable to tolerate light, sound or motion, so sick you cannot ever imagine feeling well" first six rounds that I went through back when I was first diagnosed (and we were still going for a cure).

I will be in treatment for the rest of my life. This is (hopefully) not a short term thing.

Going over posts from this time last year has served to remind me just how scary things were then. And how much better they are now.

And if you ask me on a Saturday, I will almost always tell you that life is really very good, indeed.


Chris said...

I pray for you daily. You are one of the strongest women I know of,. My mother lost her battle after 6 short weeks. Lung Cancer., Her chemo was worse than the cancer. She just said no more. Hair loss, high temp, throwing up. It was unbearable, and didn't help. You are to me a hero and I hope things continue to improve for you....

Anonymous said...

You know, if you have to have both good and bad days, I have to say that it does seem fortuitous that the good days should include Saturdays.

I imagine you must feel a little like Persephone sometimes, every week instead of every year split between the darkness and the light and half of it spent on the journey to and fro, the necessary compromise to keep experiencing joy at all. It really is a lot of work.

I know I'm not the only one who's grateful you're doing it and who hopes that someday there will be an easier way to get the same or better results.

Babz Rawls Ivy said...

Yes, you are in for the long haul. You were made for this. I have no doubt that you will remain triumphant! Go Girl!

Anonymous said...

I hope life is very good every day for you although I know some days are better than others.

Anonymous said...

(((hugs))) glad you're handling it!