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counting the half years

So, it’s July. I’ve had another unevetful PET scan. I continue to take daily chemo. I have ups and downs. I continue to plan . . .I have to have things to look forward to . . .but this really is not an easy trip. That marker I’ve mentioned keeps going up. This last visit was the first time the oncologist has expressed concern about it . . . said he was thinking of me while attending a conference. There is a new drug for brain metastasis of lung cancer . . .it’s not chemo . . .and then he said that perhaps he should do a CT scan of my brain although no symptoms are showing because a CT scan is more inclusive. . .and we’ll talk about that next visit when we schedule the next PET scan – and of course now I am googling and hyper analyzing any symptoms.(and he did say that there are also two or three other treatments available if I need them) I haven’t talked with anyone except Jim about this and now I’m putting it out there for all of you. I know, I am only one of millions of people undergoing stressful medical conditions. AND – I am really fortunate because I feel relatively okay-but this is why I am definitely living in the minute most of the time. Drop everything to visit – SURE. Have a lot of people over…ABSOLUTELY! Enjoy every minute of outside time YES. I’m not getting everything done but I am storing up all the wonderful events and memories because I am savoring the time I am spending with other people. And, here’s the political part, the idea of doing away with “pre existing” conditions frightens me. It scared me when I retired and signed up for supplemental and already had a diagnosis of triple negative breast cancer . . . I have been fortunate that I have been able to get treatment . . but everyone else should have that same right – and I say “right” not privilege. Health care is available in most countries. We are SUPPOSED to be right “up there.” Until we take care of all of our people I don’t think we are. Meanwhile, I have a large party coming up, I’ve been hanging out with friends, friends and their grandchildren, my own kids and grandchildren . . .life is for the living…AND this fall it will be 5 years since I was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. I’m still here. I actually have some plans made that reach into 2022. It ‘s all keeping me going.  Being a child of the 60’s,  I’ll keep trucking’.

1 Comment

  1. Beth Rainer

    I LOVE your positive attitude and spunk Lisa! You are an inspiration. You just keep planning and keep on truckin’. We’re keeping you in our prayers and thoughts. Sending BIG hugs!
    Beth & Dick Rainer

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