Tuesday, December 13, 2011
This past year has been notable for trials and obstacles - my diagnosis and treatment for invasive breast cancer, my mother's illness and death, the drain implosion in our house leading to holes in walls and ceiling and having 3 bathroom none of which was completely functional or with a door. We got through all of them relatively intact (except of course the bank account), and just as we're heaving a huge sigh of relief that the year is (almost) over and 'things' can finally get back on a normal tack, DH just got a diagnosis of kidney cancer. He was in a car accident two weeks ago and was in the hospital for 2 days with blood in urine from a kidney lesion. That accident might well have saved his life. The CT scan and follow-up MRI showed a tumor the size of a softball and the only question was "Do you want surgery now or wait 'til after the first?" We belong to the Lady Macbeth school of cancer treatment ("Out, out damned spot!") and are just waiting to see how soon it can be scheduled - with this particular form of cancer, chemo and radiation are historically ineffective and surgery is the only option with a chance of success. I'm thinking of the old Chinese proverb: "A gem cannot be polished without friction nor a man perfected without trials." I just never aspired to perfection.