Update With an Excuse

I’ve been struggling with an idea for meaningful essay for about 5 days, hence no post last week. Now since I’m heading into a second week with no post, I decided to pass significance and go to “For pete’s sake, Chris, write something!” So with a promise to conquer my confusion over the essay I want to write later today.

Here are some informational updates.

I have now finished two rounds of chemotherapy – once a week for three weeks and an off week constitutes a cycle. After one more cycle – sometime in the week of April 10th, I’ll have another scan and we’ll be able to see if the chemo is having any effect. When I see my oncologist next week I’ll be asking how long we’ll have to wait for results. Instantly would be a perfect answer.

After the first scan, surgery quickly fell off the table as an option. Given the invasive nature of my cancer, removing the breast tumor became an unnecessary step.

Every day I continue to be flooded with cards, emails, and voice mail messages of good wishes and support. I can’t tell you how much they mean!

My daughter Miriam and I tripped over a wonderful resource during an internet search for cards appropriate for icky life situations. We found Emily Mc Dowell’s site www.EmilyMcDowell.com and discovered she collaborated with Kelsey Crowe, Ph.D. on a book, There Is No Good Card For This: What to Say and Do When Life is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to People You Love. IT IS A GREAT BOOK! One that you will be happy you read when you need it. (Of special interest is the brief section that discusses how bosses can effectively help an employee who’s dealing with illness or loss.) I highly recommend you add it to your library. I am in awe of the power of words in difficult times.

5 thoughts on “Update With an Excuse

  1. Sending lots of love and car, Chris. You are a magnificent human being and will make it through this like you’ve made it through many other situations. We are all banding together and sending you love at this important time. Besides, we’re looking forward to partying with you again soon — and many times in the future!

  2. Loved your post, Chris…and the recommendation for the book. You are missed; it was good to see Gary in DC last weekend. He was an angel to have visited with you. Wishing you well…healing karma coming your way.

  3. No Excuses necessary. I contemplated an attempt at humor, but I’m no Tim Gard. Interesting how illess narrows our focus. After they took my toe, then the metatarsal I spent 2 hours a day in hyperbaric Ox therapy. Each day for 5 weeks. I was very annoyed and shocked that CNN only had 15 minutes of actual news. I felt gypped. Please remember that you are in my heart, and there is no distance between two hearts.

  4. Chris,
    Even when you are searching for what to write, your words are amazing. Your way of sharing this journey with all of us who care about you is not only informative regarding your progress, it is educational. All of us will either face a difficult journey personally or with a loved one. Thank you for all the ways you are CHANGING lives by sharing your story in such an impact-filled way. You are a phenomenal woman in so many ways. You continue to Lead the way to Learning.

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