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My New World, #3: Shock and Awe



I received these words from a friend who has been living with cancer for 12 years, and I am in shock and awe.

She said, “I wish you the joy and blessings that cancer can bestow on us.”

Well, that is a shocking statement.

However, now, thinking of the many friends who have visited and the number of good wishes and prayers I have received, I begin to see it.

Now, feeling the amazing support of friends and family, I am enjoying, as my friend said, “the rich tapestry of my life.”  I have the opportunity to manage the rest of my life, organize my exit.  Now, I can spend quality time with family, relive memories with friends, and have, as my friend said, “a wonderful sense of well being.”

Now, I am in awe of the possibilities.

Just this week, I had visits from several friends, and we talked over old times, telling stories of our shared experiences and remembering colleagues and students.  What a great satisfaction to relive experiences through the lens of perspective.

Several have sent me songs for my Chemo Playlist (which doubles as my walking playlist), and yesterday a football coach extraordinaire suggested Aretha’s R-E-S-P-E-C-T.  Now as I listen and dance/walk the trails each morning, I think of him and it gives me strength and purpose.

Yes, a joy and a blessing.

My last chemotherapy went well, and I am feeling really good.  Family continues to surround me with their care and encouragement. Next week, June 7, I take my final infusion in this round of chemotherapy, and around June 21, I will have an important CT scan. If the chemo is effective in temporarily halting the spread of the cancer from my pancreas to other organs, I will have more time.

Ben says,

“God heals, and the Doctor takes the Fees”.
  “Hot things, sharp things, sweet things, cold things
All rot the teeth, and make them look like old things. “
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3 Comments on "My New World, #3: Shock and Awe"

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  1. Wally G says:

    Certainly not in shock but still in awe of the amazing woman you continue to be. It is such a blessing to have you as a friend!

  2. Fluffy says:

    Happy Birthday, old friend, and cheers to you and your indomitable life force. Though geography and time have conspired to keep us apart, fond memories of our friendship creep into my consciousness at unexpected moments, reminding me how much I liked you, even when you infuriated me! Cheers and onward through the fog.

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