Thank you 5

Thanks to all the friends who have put me on prayer lists. I’m going for a personal best on the spinning prayer wheels thing!

Thanks to my brother Hal, who took my daughter Erin out on her first expedition pulling up Dungeness crab pots. And thanks for sharing THREE crabs. If Dungeness crab doesn’t have anti-carcinogenic properties, it should have.

Thanks to Carren from Grace Cathedral, who always remembers us in her Family Ministries newsletters and who has cooked some amazing meals for us. Thanks to God for Carren’s awesome culinary skills.

Thanks to Sharon and Laurie, cousins in Rock Island, Illinois, for sending soy breast cancer socks. I’m not into the pink ribbon thing, you’re right, but those socks are WARM.

Thanks to dear pal Clair, who sat and listened to me chatter after taking two Vicodin to ease the freezy cap pain. Clair is threatening to bring a tape recorder next time, but I think I’ll just take one Vicodin from now on. Thanks, also, to Clair for buying paint chip posters, for shepherding us through renovation hell, for not complaining when she got a $55 parking ticket during my last infusion, for driving me to the pharmacy and then home after the infusion, and for enduring a full bladder when my dear husband locked us out of the temporary apartment. Clair and I took the bus to Tibet together 25 years ago, so I guess she’s used to uncomfortable journeys with me.

Thanks to my mother, who though sick herself and addled with dementia, has actually acted concerned about my health and regularly asks me how I am doing. If you know the history here, you know this is a miracle.

Thanks to Erin’s teachers who have been sensitive to all the stress she’s experiencing and who are not putting too much pressure on her until things have settled down.

Thanks to all the parents at Erin’s school, especially Mark, Annie and Esther, who have helped us with carpooling when I’m too sick to drive.

Thanks to Whole Foods for making amazing rotisserie chicken that has saved not a few dinner times over the last month.

Thanks to everyone who sends chemo day, atta-girl messages. They do make a difference.

Thanks to Theresa and Kate, who are right about now driving to JFK to board a Delta flight for San Francisco. They’re bringing coffee from Sahadi’s. They’re bringing themselves! Hooray.

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About leftbreast

I have had breast cancer. I was diagnosed at 47, and am now 49. I have finished "active treatment," two surgeries, chemo, radiation, monoclonal antibodies. These days, I only take a drug to suppress my uptake of estrogen, since my tumor was highly reactive to that hormone. I have been married to my husband Pete for 21 years. I have a stepdaughter, Maureen, 30, and a daughter, Erin, 10. I've been a freelance magazine journalist for 20-plus years, covering everything from Chinese foreign policy to Catholic nuns to endangered species. I have had a great life. I have lived in Asia and all over the United States. I have spent nights with tree-sitters in Oregon and with astronomers at the Mauna Kea observatory in Hawaii. I've been to a cocktail party on the poopdeck of a British destroyer docked in Shanghai. I've taken the bus to Tibet, and tramped through the cloud forests of Panama with biologists. A magazine sent me on a raft trip down the Colorado through the Grand Canyon; another sent me to cooking school for a week. I have spent time with celebrities, presidents and heroin dealers. I love my work. I have a loving, supportive family and more friends than I probably deserve. I have had the space and time to camp, ski, cycle, garden, cook and spoil my pets (an Australian shepherd, a German shepherd and a tabby cat). If it all ended tomorrow, I would have to say that it has been a really, really good ride. When I was in thick of treatment, I was simply fighting for more time. Now, I'm trying to connect the experience of cancer with the rest of my life, with the time that's been won. I hope the cancer never comes back, but if it does, I'll be ready. That's what this blog is about.
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2 Responses to Thank you 5

  1. Tio says:

    Heather:
    For info, we just replaced all the bearings . Changed all of them out –one at a time — for titanium ones over the weekend. Our wheels now spin under a new extended warranty. We anticipate no prayer outages for a decade at least; so you can press on with full confidence.
    Seriously dear, hang tough, and give Pete and Erin a hug from the Tios.

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