Saturday, April 21, 2007

Rest and Recovery before the Storm

Today is Saturday and I am in Michigan visiting my mom, who has been declining in health for some time.

Deb was going to use this weekend to rest and prepare for the start of chemotherapy next week.

We agree that the outlook is good for a full return of health after six to eight months of chemo and then surgery. I think we know in concept how dibilitating the effects of the chemo can be and we are prepared for that possibility.

It it interesting to read other sites and trace the journey of others who have battled cancer. The many ups and downs, side effects like nausea, difficulty eating, weight loss, lower white blood cell counts and the depression that is only natural when you are fighting for your life.

It seems that the partner of a cancer patient has to be pretty strong and supportive during the treatments. I only hope I can measure up. Deb is the one with the silent strength needed in these circumstances, while I notice the last few days an increasing sadness in me and some anger. My mom is slowly dying and now with Deb having cancer it seems a bit overwhelming to me.

I have so many things to be thankful for and many people to pray for too. God will have to work overtime so I can get it all done.

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