I was diagnosed with Stage IV Non Small Cell Lung Cancer with metastases to my brain, bones, liver and lymph nodes in September of 2014. It’s January 16, 2017, (happy birthday, Dr. King) and I am still here. Thanks to friends, family, doctors and drugs for helping me make it to today.
I am writing these updates to stay focused on today – and all the good I can do and love I can give. This is hard for me as a scatter brain. I tend to spend most of my mental time in the past – what could I have done to prevent this, or in the future – what if, what if what if…yikes.
I am also writing because my health status is confusing. I insist on a wildly upbeat public face, and in general, I feel well. But Donald Trump is about to take office and I’m about to start my 6th line of cancer treatment – so, it’s not looking great.
Also – ‘how I am’ is usually a reflection of how the important people in my life are (this is a main feature of my personality type (type 9 (type hippie))). Here I will attempt to focus on me, me, me.