I spent a day at the local medical university and found out that I am okay. My CT scan indicated "no intracranial pathology". Good words...but if only they knew! Seriously, it's good to know that I can do Cross Fit without worrying. Got checked with blood work and a general physical too.
I am concerned because my wife went in for her mammogram and has to have a biopsy on Tuesday. The docs are 98% sure that this is just a benign thing, but both of us will be much happier once it is over. Please keep her in your thoughts.
We had a glorious afternoon on the small john boat yesterday, traveling to meet up with friends in a nearby creek for lunch. The day was warm and fun which is what we needed to keep our spirits upbeat.
I have talked with my first sponsor many times since his diagnosis of Stage 4 lung cancer. He has taken his first chemo treatment and isn't feeling so good. I am hoping his spirits will uplift some. He admits that he is doing the self-pity behavior now. I know that whether he decides to continue with the chemo or decides to go into palliative care is his to make. I have read Kathleen's blog Sittin' on a Porch since she started it. I admire her fighting spirit that wants to live life to the fullest since her diagnosis of Stage 4 lung cancer.
Speaking of fighting spirit, I met a fellow the other day who has pancreatic cancer and is now in his fourth experimental treatment. He has traveled from Tucson to Georgetown University Hospital to participate. This treatment isn't working so he is next going to try another one in Detroit. He wants to live another day so he keeps trying to fight the disease that he knows is going to kill him sooner rather than later.
I don't know what I would do in either case. But I believe that I would want to fight to live. Every day matters in some way or the other. And if a person can have one more precious day that's good. I think though that quality of life is a big factor. Watching both of my wife's parents waste away in their last few months of life was terrible. I know that my sponsor will make the decision that feels right for him. We all have challenges to meet and how we work through them is deeply personal and individualistic.
I have been hoping to get around to commenting on more blogs. You all write a lot! I don't have it in me at the moment. Too much gardening to do, people to think about, waters to roam--indoors is not my favorite place to be as spring comes to the Lowcountry. Soon enough, it will be too hot to enjoy being outside during the day.
So I'll leave you with some photos from the past week.
|Last rays of the sun as night is coming on|
|My good girl on the boat|
|Landscaping almost done|
|We have spent several evenings out here relaxing|