Monday, March 21, 2011

The last weeks...

I thought that I would start with the end of my WHIRLWIND trip to L.A. first. San Fran airport... stuck there, but thank goodness for public art installations. They had a recycled art exhibit that I had to breeze through in my attempt to return to Oregon. I really wish that I could have seen the Button Hearse (top, 3rd from the left) in person. The scary person in the lower right-hand corner is yours truly... not enough sleep, gritty brain and new short hair-do. Long story short, it is such a breeze to travel alone, delays are very easy when you don't have to deal with spouses and children. Handwork also makes waiting A LOT less tense.

This past week has been one of great relief. I was SO relieved to finally make it home Monday @ noon. Thursday found my sisters, mother, and I back up in Portland for my mom's pathology reports. We were SO relieved to hear that they got the tumors out WITH negative margins (a nice area around the tumor that is cancer free) and the lymph tumor was a loner, all of the other nodes were cancer-free. EXHALE... To be honest I had no idea what a "good" result from the pathology would even look like. We have had one bad visit with the oncologist after another for the past 5 months, THE PAST 5 MONTHS!!! In my head the fact that my mom was breathing was good news for me. She still has to do 6 weeks of radiation therapy... but for now the cancer is all cut out. She is so happy. My sisters are so happy. I am so happy. The question now is, what is life? What do we do now? When we started this crazy journey down the rabbit hole ... what had I been doing? What had I been planning? I guess I have got to go and figure that out.
Peace
JMB

4 comments:

...julia... said...

Just noticed your initials are JMB! That's what mine are going to be soon :)

Kristin Shields said...

Woohoo! Yay for that great report. I hope all goes well with radiation. Before mine, I read that it might help to think cool thoughts. So that's what I did for my treatments everyday. It thought about snow and ice and never had a bad skin reaction. My skin got slightly pink and that was all. It could be a lot of hooey, but it's worth a try. Keeping you and your mom in my thoughts.

Tonya Ricucci said...

that's fabulous news about your mom. hurray!! good luck to her with the radiation. ooh, a button hearse - something I'd want to see too. glad you got to get away from it all for a bit. love your blog header.

Clare said...

Great news about your Mum. Hope all goes well with the treatment.

Seems it is the season for new hair styles!