When I began teaching in Florida I was so overwhelmed and so terrified, I didn’t think I’d make it through the first year. Friday night emails got me through. I vented, I laughed, I told my stories. And I survived six years. This time around, I’m going to try a blog. Because I am technologically challenged, this may take some doing, especially at the beginning.
As most of you know, I’ve been diagnosed with esophageal cancer. (Who ever heard of THAT??) The big indicator that something was wrong was that I had trouble swallowing. The news has been good…Yes, it has spread but only to one lymph node. Yes, the treatment is NOT fun and yes, I need to move fast. But NO, I’m not so far gone that I will be dying any time soon. Staging is not done.
Jerry and I have met with Venice Oncology and love the people there…smart and kind. We’re heading to Houston to MD Anderson for a second opinion on Monday. Anderson is one of the top places in the country to deal with this type of cancer. Just make sense to see what they have to say. We may stay there for treatment or come back home.
And so I begin again…a new chapter in my life… believing that writing and sharing will pull me through. I’ll probably vent and laugh and cry and tell my stories. It has always helped because I do know what I think after I see what I say. And so it begins. And obviously I plan to survive a lot longer than six years!