The good news came in response to a non-urgent medical question. “Good news,” Loren’s oncologist wrote. “I looked at your PET scan results. Everything looks a lot better. Some of the lung nodules have completely resolved, and there is no sign of abnormal radioactivity in the mediastinal and hilar lymph nodes, adrenal gland, and bones.” … Continue reading Good News
It's like sailing westward into the empty part of the map...
My wife, Loren, is battling metastatic breast cancer. And almost every conversation I have these days – at work and with friends, at the bar and on the phone – begins with the same question: How is Loren doing? The answer is, she's doing okay. She, fortunately, does not have any nausea. Maybe a little … Continue reading How Am I Doing?
Plenty of people will tell you that serious illness gives you a new perspective on life. What they don't tell you, however, is that new perspective is kind of annoying, especially to your coworkers and friends. I've learned this lesson ever since my wife, Loren, was diagnosed late last year with metastatic breast cancer. After … Continue reading Cancer Changes Things
There's a rhythm to chemotherapy, a simple one, two, three. Week one is bad, week two is better, and week three is good, almost normal, almost like life before cancer and chemotherapy. One treatment every three weeks. Week one doesn't start bad, but then it slowly, inevitably, gets worse. My wife, Loren, has chemotherapy on … Continue reading Chemotherapy, One, Two, Three
That’s how we denote it in Loren’s notebook — Chemo + 1, or C+1 for short. It’s the first day after chemo, and it’s not too bad. It’s an odd combination of energy and fatigue, punchy-ness and resignation. The Dexamethasone makes Loren’s brain wildly active, and she has a million ideas at once. Some of … Continue reading Chemo+1
Chemo day dawns bright and sunny, and we spend the morning doing dishes and tidying up, eating breakfast and getting ready for our days. My day includes a long day at work, which used to seem like a tough way to start the week. But compared to Loren’s day, it’s easy. Loren will arrive at … Continue reading Chemo Day