Cancer – Radiation Treatments – Stuart Scott – Life
Monday will be the tenth of thirty treatments of radiation for my dad. One third of the way through this piece of the journey. He’ll probably have another MRI this week to get a look at the tumor…and whatever else is going on.
No side effects from the treatments – the radiation and a chemo pill that he’s taking every day. The anti-nausia pill before the chemo pill helps the one-in-two people not get sick…he doesn’t want to know which of the one-in-two he is.
He’s working every day on his new building, getting panels installed on the walls and my step-mom is right there by his side lifting and painting…and supervising. They installed a nice pellet stove and are enjoying the challenge of regulating the temp in the building while they work.
Over the holiday break I took few days off from work and have slept in – finally. It’s been well over a year since I’ve been able to do this successfully. Dad being diagnosed shook up my system internally and externally. The things that have dominated my brain and given me chest pains and a burning throat don’t seem to really matter any more. And on the mornings I’ve been able to lay in my bed a few extra minutes, I’ve been thinking about my kids and husband and my dad.
This life gig is short. Too short for many.
I look forward to the changes that Philip and I will make in the coming months to get our family calibrated in a direction to enjoying the life we do have as best we can and do so in a manner that is fulfilling to each of us.
“When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.“
~Stuart Scott, ESPN anchor, died today at age 49 after a seven year battle with cancer