November 14, 2018

When Cancer Moves In

When cancer takes up residence and you can't evict it. 

Hi Friends, 

I had put off writing a post about this but I guess it's time. I think I just need to see it in writing for myself to try and make some sense of it.. 

For the benefit of those who haven't been around for a long time with my blog, I have a best friend whose name is Linda. She is Seventy-Six years young. She has been the Ethel to my Lucy for the last ten plus years. 

This photo here is my Ethel, Linda.

There is quite the age gap between us but that never seemed to be an issue with us. I believe no matter what the age gap if you have things in common then age is just a number and while Linda is seventy-six she's not an 'old lady'. I have always said she's the hippest seventy something you'll ever meet.  She also has an amazing smile, she's can be as funny as the day is long and she has one of the biggest hearts in the world that loves all people. 



Unfortunately my Ethel, also has cancer. Diagnosed a few months ago with non small cell lung cancer (NSCC). Linda has been undergoing bi-weekly chemo treatments for the last three months. She's done very well with the treatments but as it happens with all chemo, the more you are given the harder the toll it takes on your body. She's hanging in there though. She has lost some weight and she's lost all her hair but she hasn't lost what has always made her Linda and for that I am grateful. 



I can honestly say she is one of the best friends I have ever had and probably ever will have. We spent some time together tonight, and on Sunday I think we are going to make some potato soup together which is a favorite of hers and something she's been craving. 



I want to spend more time with her so I am going to make the time. There are some things and some people in life who are more important than running that errand, washing those clothes and making sure your home is neat and tidy at all times. We may even go wig shopping sometime next week. 




I know there are a lot of you who pray so I'd to ask you to keep Linda in your prayers. She's doing as well as can be expected but as a lot of you know when you have an incurable cancer you're always fighting a battle. 


13 comments:

  1. Linda (and you too) will be in my prayers. I am a cancer survivor. I understand what she is going through. I had infusions every week for a year. Tell her to hang in there and keep being herself. She sounds like a strong lady.

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    1. Hi Kathy, I am so glad to read you are a 'survivor"... Yes she is a strong woman. She was told yesterday he PET scan looks better than they ever expected. So she will have 2 more chemo treatments and then she will be on Keytruda for the rest of her life..

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  2. Prayers for Linda. I also hope to add some encouragement to Linda and Robyn. I am a survivor of NSCC. I am six years out now. I had radiation treatments and two rounds of chemo. I lost a lot of weight and all of my hair. I had a cute little hat I liked more then my wig. If I can be of any help let me know.

    Nonie

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    1. Hi Nonie,
      Thank you SO very much for sharing your story. I can't tell you how good is to see you are a six year survivor. Linda hasn't had radiation, she's been on chemo since August I think. She was told yesterday that her PET scan looks better than they ever expected and she will need two more chemo treatments and then she will be on keytruda for the rest of her life. .She has also lost all her hair. She wants to go wig shopping but I still think she's a little unsure about it.. She likes the hats she has also.. Thank you again so much Nonie..

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  3. I am so sorry. It is such a great blessing that she has you to help her through this. I will pray she recovers.

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  4. I will keep both you and your "Ethyl" in my prayers. Cancer is a tough one. I've lost a few close to me to it, but there are also a few survivors in my life. I'm so very grateful for all of them. You are right, keeping a neat house is not as important as being with your friend when she needs you. Have fun wig shopping, and you have an awesome day, hugs, Edna B.

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  5. I'm keeping Linda in my prayers. I'm praying you have many more years of friendship ahead of you. 🙏❤️😘

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  6. You both in my prayers! Love you, Jodi

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  7. Robyn, I will include Linda in my prayers.....God Bless her. Nothing more special than having that special friend when you have one your right cherish it.....sending lots of love your way.....xoxo....Debbie

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