Thursday, August 18, 2005

Whole Lotta Cancer Goin' On

Today I joined my colleagues in throwing an impromptu champagne breakfast for my boss. She is 40 years old and was diagnosed with stage 0 breast cancer two months ago. She just completed her radiation treatments. I think it’s important to recognize milestones like that so I threw her a party.

I was so close to going over to Masturbakers and buying her a cake shaped like two boobies but I restrained myself. I hate when I restrain myself.

My father-in-law and his wife were both diagnosed with cancer about two weeks ago. He has severe prostate cancer and she has a rare and aggressive form of cancer called serous (UPSC). Both are relatively young and in otherwise excellent shape. They live in Annapolis so we’ll be going down there often until things stabilize.

I will be 43 on August 28th.

All we really have is today. People dealing with illness help us to remember that.

Let’s love each other and laugh as much as we can.


jodi said...

I sympathize with you. My favorite uncle was diagnosed with stage 3b lung cancer about the time Peter Jennings died. As my aunt says "He has a 20% chance of making it which is better than 0 and 4 times better than 5." My dad had his bladder removed in May and has developed severe pulmonary disease. The few times that I have talked to him on the phone I have problems breathing. I know that it's a panic attack and talk myself through it while trying to talk to him. It will get better if I give it time but it still all just freaks me out sometimes.

Kranki said...

I am sorry about your bad news. And so happy that you gave your boss a fun party to celebrate. Ending treatments is a great reason to party.

Milliner's Dream, a woman of many "hats"... said...

YOU are a good friend, and a good woman.

Congrats on the birthday. I was 44 on July 20 and will always be older than you. :)


Leelee said...

Amen & Amen! The take away is celebrate everyday without restraint

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