Yesterday, I wrote a whole blog about how our plans of being over Weird Cancer Guy fell away this week. Nothing but the headline showed up, making it seem a lot more dramatic than it was. We were ecstatic thinking we were done with Weird Cancer Guy. But then, I found out I need to have six weeks of radiation, meaning 15 minutes every day for six weeks. Add that to breast reconstruction and the summer is toast. We’ve never lied to our kids. We told them the truth. Steven sobbed: “I am never going to get to be a kid again;” Liv didn’t react. They were really looking forward to Camp Mom with hikes, swimming, day trips and anything fun I can come up with. Brian was really looking forward to not having to shoulder everything. But I have no idea whether radiation will pummel me or not. I could opt to not do radiation. But with two kids, an amazing husband and an army of friends, I have to do everything I can to beat this. I still have thank you notes to write. Later, Livvie said: “I think we’re supposed to learn something from this, Mom.” Like what? I said. “I don’t know yet.”

THREE POSITIVES:

1- Got to hang out with Chris, Lisa and her mom while the girls played in a giant blow-up pool. They made me feel much better about going ahead with radiation and not looking back. Thanks so much for listening, guys.

2- We started putting the house back together after letting so many things go. We almost have a dining room table again.

3- At the end of the day, I guess cancer is never truly “over.” Chemo was 95% effective at killing Weird Cancer Guy, but there is no 100%. So I’ll have to find 100% in other places. Like my acupuncturist Tracy Andersen said, there’s a whole lot more positive about our situation than negative.

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3 responses »

  1. Jodi says:

    damn it!! I am so upset u have to go thru more crap. love u and your amazing family. thinking of you and praying for a fun and healthy summer.
    much love Jodi

  2. sally spaderna says:

    I can only speak for myself, but having gone through radiation twice (once on my freakin brain), it isn’t like chemo. You don’t get wiped out or sick in that way. It’s just an annoying errand you have to run each day. You can try to schedule it first thing in the morning and it’s very quick. Then it’s off to day camp!

  3. We’ll be thinking about you and your whole family and believing that some day soon, all this will be a memory for you and things will feel blessedly normal again.

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