Oct 11, 2004 - 8:13 am
Hi. I rarely post, but read and reply often. I had a great week last week, on vacation in New England with my hubbie. I got back Sat. evening.
I came here and saw Nettie's post, which tugged at my heart. Sunday morning I went in for my chemo and there was a woman there alone crying in the waiting area because of severe back pain. She got in pretty quickly (not soon enough though). She was getting her vitals done when I went in for them. She had just gotten sick on the floor and was embarrassed. I talked to her a bit and even got her to smile. Her husband and son had just left to go home and her physical pain couldn't be dismissed with the new emotional pain. When she talked about home and family her face lightened up. We then went our separate ways.
I got home and last night my mother called to tell me a friend of hers, who was diagnosed with melanoma less than 2 years ago. Her cancer advanced. She had multiple brain mets and surgeries. She passed away on Friday. This woman, Cathy, had flown to Houston for her care and surgeries. I would always check in on her and considered her a close friend. My mom didn't call me on vacation because she didn't want me to fly home for the services. Cathy was in her early 50's and VERY active. A truely wonderful person who will be missed. I felt close to her because she remained strong through everything... and I try to do the same. She even tried to WALK to her hotel after brain surgery - fortunately I got there in the nick of time!
OH, and Christopher Reeves, not a friend.. but another strong spirit, has gone.
So... sorry for dragging on. I just needed to vent to people who would understand. I am stage 4 and doing very well. I got my last oxaliplatin yesterday. 2 more weeks of xeloda and then the waiting game starts. Currently NED, but feeling more fragile today than before.
Thanks for listening. jana