autumn days

Friday, August 12, 2016

Waves of the Day

We got a health update yesterday for my partner as he lives with cancer.  This update is based on scans taken a couple months ago.  The cancer is in the pleural lining of the lungs, turning this into a stage four uncurable case.  The cancer is right next to the liver and may be in the bones, turning it into a stage four B case.  We are aiming for a stage four A case with more treatment options.  Radiation and genetic mutations are now off the table.  My partner will have a scan in a week to see if two rounds (six weeks) of chemotherapy have made any impact.  Then we'll go from there.

We have relatives visiting this week and haven't yet made the time for a conversation past sharing this information.  With our home full of children, their first slumber party, our daily adventures together, and the joyful sounds of young cousins, I ride the waves of devastation, sadness, and delight.  Living in this moment, I move away from contemplating this diagnosis and into the casual discussion of simple, yet profitable restaurants with family.  My children squeal and shriek and play with cousins around me.  Life is amazing.  I am so grateful for this life I get to share with these remarkable, resilient people.

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