Good friend, Kate Nerone, sent me this link to a video from The Moth, a show about storytellers that is sometimes featured on NPR. It is the most raw, honest, heart-rending cancer rant I have ever heard. The honest stories that come from people who are hurting and afraid because cancer has come to visit them in their lives are chilling, if properly told. And oh, is this one properly told!
Be prepared for a couple of things. Be prepared to shed some tears. Be prepared to hug the sick and the healthy members of your family. Be prepared to be thankful that you have friends, like Kate, who share content like this with you, even though it might be too real, too soon, too raw, too powerful. What it did for me, was to help me reclaim some strength, to feel my humanness, to get ready for the very difficult week that lies ahead at Duke, in another tiny room with the woman I love and a PICC line that will be flowing with poison and misery.
I just spoke with my Duke doctor who says the lab work that I’m on the way to town to get will likely clear the way for me to return for the second half of round one of HD-IL2 to start on Monday. We’re ready to continue the fight. Thanks, Kate, for girding me for battle.