Cancer Never Takes A Holiday

This can be a stressful time of year—stressful and sometimes sad. Sad if you or a loved one has cancer—or if you have recently lost someone close to you who had cancer. It doesn’t matter what kind. Young or old. Male or female. Christmas or the 4th of July. Cancer doesn’t care. But you can! You can choose to celebrate life! No matter how sick you or your loved one are, you can choose to take control of your life—if only for one more day.

Update On Pattie’s Mother

I have been updating the condition of Pattie’s mother alternately on both of our blogs, http://www.helpwithcancer.org/ and http://www.multiplemyelomablog.com/. We are trying to get her moved down closer to family in the Tampa, Florida area. We believed we were making progress. Unfortunately, she (and we) encountered a set-back yesterday, when she was hospitalized for the second time in two weeks for internal bleeding in her GI tract. Pattie’s mom is resting comfortably, but learned for the first time today that her cancer had indeed returned. She is understandably upset. Complicating the situation, Pattie is already in Florida and I am in the Atlanta International Airport en-route to Tampa as well. Another daughter has left for St Croix Falls to be with her while she has a surgical consult on Wednesday. Hopefully she will be deemed a surgical candidate – not so much to attack the cancer – but to relieve a painful blockage between her intestines and stomach. I will keep you updated.
Feel good, keep smiling and pray for her, please! Pat

Value of Life

You see it on the news again and again. A husband, distraught over losing his job or being outed for securities fraud, takes his own life and sometimes the life of his wife and children. Since my diagnosis and struggle with cancer, life has become even more precious to me. When you fight so hard for each day of life, it is difficult to accept such a callous disregard for human life! So you lose your job and can’t afford the country club membership anymore. Get over it! Yes, it may be embarrassing. But you can still enjoy a quiet walk on the beach, or your favorite burger, or the embrace of your wife and child. I try to be sympathetic; to not be judgemental. But on this point I find it difficult to compromise. Life is short. Life is precious. I think about that every hour of every day.
So feel good, keep smiling and fight for every breath! Pat