Uneventful… Except for the Belly!


Not much to report so far today. Just finished my fourth round of chemo treatment. Two more to go. Should be out of here late Saturday. If I am not too tired, we’ll start our drive to the Cape that evening.

The chemo leaves me a little tired towards the end of the infusion, but no real side effects. Let’s hope it stays that way. If you ever want to avoid naseau, I strongly suggest Zofran. That stuff is amazing.

Just a quick word about Jacqui. She’s been a trooper. She and her six-and-a-half-month pregnant belly staying with me every night at the hospital (they bring in a chair that opens into a bed for her). I just can’t imagine what my life would be like without her by my side. She’s been through a lot in her life. She lost her mom at 9, and her Aunt (her mom’s surviving sister) died just two months ago from lung cancer. And now this. But there’s been no “woe is me” out of her. Not a complaint. Her only wish would be that the chemo permanently gets rid of my back hair (an unlikely scenario we’ve been told).

My situation is obviously different from her past. We’ll get through this in one piece. And we are taking good care of each other. When I was diagnosed almost a year-and-a-half ago I said to myself that this whole lymphoma thing would, in its own twisted way, correct history: Jacqui would get to see her loved one get well, rather than sick, live rather than die. It is part of what has kept me so positive throughout all of this. Frankly, I have no choice.