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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Find the Time!

On January 16th the world changed.  I changed.  The cancer was back, and it was only a matter of a year or two before it won.  At least that's what my doctor said. My heart cried, but my head screamed a denial, and so I would begin a two-drug chemo treatment in four days time.

Later that same day I walked into another office and scheduled the mediport insertion as an out-patient procedure.  The mediport is a device implanted beneath my skin and acts like a vein to better administer the chemo medicines.
Some people get chemo through a vein in their arm, but in my case, the doctor said that the chemo medicines I required would "burn" too much going in a regular vein. 
The procedure was painless, and most days I don't even know it's there unless I hug a cat too hard. 

I started chemo the next day.  It's been seven months now, and I just finished my 7th round of chemo yesterday.  I've had two cat scans and an MRI to track my progress, which is at this time a bit unclear.  One known cancer area shows no new growth, but there are 8 other spots that have appeared on my liver, and it's unclear if they are cancerous.  So it's a wait game for now.

Through it all, my world changed.  My perspective on life changed.  I now find the time to enjoy the time.  You should try it!  Why wait for a better day to do something you want?  It might not come?  Don't put off what you've been putting off.  Just do it.  

So visit that place, eat that meal, buy that silly trinket, or spend time with your cats taking those cute pictures (and maybe too many videos.)  Make yourself happy today.  Who knows how many more todays you have?

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