these lines run long and deep.
I had a lot of things to write here, but in light of recent news they all seem unimportant now. On monday we found out that Macsen's mother, Jackie, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. His parents are as close to me as my own and I consider them some of my best friends. Since the news we've all been stunned and trying to make sense of it all, I've resisted writing anything about it for so long as somehow putting it down here makes it feel more real. The good news is that it has been caught very early, the doctor said he had never seen it caught so early and he is confident that they can eradicate it. She will have surgery to remove the tumor on Nov. 20th and then radiotherapy to sterilize the area (which I don't believe has any significant side effects. Fortunately she won't have to undergo chemo which can be so hard on the body). As if that weren't enough for her to deal with she recently fell and fractured her shoulder and when they x-rayed her they discovered a previous fracture that had not healed properly since she had no idea it was there, so there are some concerns about her bone density. I offered to go down to Southampton to keep her company and help around the house during and after her surgery, she said she'd probably take me up on it so I may be away for a week or so at the end of the month. She is keeping positive and we are doing our best to as well.
I know, I've cursed it many times.. doesn't seem to do much good. We're extremely lucky this was caught so early though, hopefully it will just be an unfortunate blip and will disappear for Jackie.
thank you for the hugs, there needs to be some kind of text to real life converter for those things! I guess that's called a plane ticket.
I've had several cases of breast cancer in my family and when taken early it's totally curable. And nowadays therapy is so much easier on the body.
She'll probably be more scared than anything, because it's still a four letter word, but having support and love around her will make her go through this like a trooper.
a big, big hug.
thank you for your encouraging words, Sara! It is such a relief that it was caught so early, I've lost two friends to more advanced and harder to cure forms of cancer such as multiple myeloma (blood plasma & bone marrow), it is scary whatever form it takes, but we are counting our blessings for the circumstances in this case. It is great news that your family members were cured.
ahh Usama, I am sorry she has had to endure this.. she clearly is a very strong woman and stronger still for having you for love and support. *kisses* to your Mom, I hope she is rid of it for good and thank you for your kind thoughts. xo ~ N
Yes, he is fragile still from the death of his father and has feelings of isolation knowing that we and Jean-Pierre and Dede are the only family they have left. They both really need us, I'm just glad we live close.
Not sure if you were on Gtalk today, if so I missed you.. I will be going out tomorrow with Jocke and others so if I don't see you I hope you have a great weekend of museum exploring and can get Angelo out and about! xoxo!
Ooof... so sorry to hear this, N. I feel like *I* know Jackie through your stories. It is clearly evident how much she means to you. I'll be htinking about you guys...
Also, lovely photos. The one of your hands is unexpected given the theme of the others, and yet it somehow makes sense...
Thank you, Chloe! She's been freaking out pretty badly for the last few days, she was trying to be "brave", but I think she needs to let it all out and realize that it's okay to be scared. I will tell her all the positive stories of recovery that people have told me as they have made me feel more positive and I'm sure they will help her.
I'm glad you liked the hand photo, I nearly didn't include it because I thought it wouldn't make sense to anyone but me.