On November 6, 2007, I was told that I have cancer. Those words have an immediate and dramatic impact on anyone’s life and some choose to keep that diagnosis and the journey ahead private. I’ve chosen to share my story and I hope that it will be enlightening for some, just as sharing my story is cathartic for me. The support that I’ve received from friends and family around the world has been overwhelming and I offer this blog for those who want to share my journey with me.
My initial blog appeared on my web site and began with a quote from Dante:
Midway along the journey of our life, I awoke to find myself in a dark wood.
As a child, I loved “The Wizard of Oz”, but I was always most afraid of the scene where Dorothy enters the woods and the apple trees begin to throw their apples at her. Many have asked why that scene was the most scary to me and I suppose that it’s because you don’t expect apple trees to behave like that. You expect green witches to be mean and, frankly, I’d be pretty suspicious of flying monkeys but, you don’t expect an apple tree to throw it’s apples at you!
I have always been very healthy. I’m active, I eat well and I take care of myself. For my body to throw something like this at me, midway through my life, has come as a big surprise. So, like Dorothy, I entered the woods, with good friends at my side and visions of poppies on the other side of the woods.
Throughout the last year, I battled cancer; first with Rituxan, then R-CVP and finally surgery in October 2008 to remove the tumor in my stomach. The cancer is now gone and I find myself in a field of poppies, but the yellow brick road doesn’t end here. There’s a long road of healing and recovery ahead….