Looking at life and imaging it as a book makes things a whole lot easier for me. Every book has a beginning, an end, and something BIG in the middle that makes that book a best seller. This is my something big, but I know it’s just a chapter in the middle.
When I hear of people my age having cancer, especially women, I think of breast cancer. But I rarely even think of cancer. I know only a handful of people who have had it, and most of them have been much much older than me. Isn’t that what makes a good book, though? That the unexpected happens to someone you would least suspect? Cancer doesn’t happen to a 35 year old mom of two little kids, and a nutrition coach on top of that! There is NO logical reason for this to happen, but logical books are boring:)
I’ve been diagnosed with Multiple Myloma. Statistically, you have a greater chance of getting this disease if you are over 60, male and African-American. You can bet on a blog detailing why I think this has happened in my body. It’ll be a very angry blog, but one for another day. Right now I’m focused on more tests, including a bone marrow biopsy next Tuesday. I’m focused on not breaking any other bones, too. That seemed to be my oncologists number one immediate concern. Broken bones will set back treatment, and I’m ready for that to start TODAY.
In my ‘chapters’ ahead, I’ll be traveling to the University of Arkansas Myloma Institute for Research and Therapy to meet with Dr. Bart Barlogie. He’s apparently the myloma guru. While there I’ll discuss therapy including medication, stem cell transplants and chemotherapy. I might even be able to hop onto a clinical trial. Whatever they tell me I need to do, I’ll do it and with a smile on my face. I don’t have the time, energy or patience for cancer.
2014 will be a big year. Without a shadow of doubt, my family and I will defeat this, grow from it, and move on to the next chapter. I’ve already grown from the realization that there is so much love and support to be shared. You can expect a blog on that, too!
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:1-27