Well, my 7 week mark has come and gone (yesterday)...still doesn't feel like it's been that long...actually it feels like an eternity now. Time really is going by quickly though but I think that's because I'm trying to lead the most normal life I can. Work is such a great distraction, well, until someone brings it up or looks at me funny. Here are a few more stories of some approaches:
1. One of my older regulars (he walks around Old Town, comes in for a Bud Light draft and only has chips (no salsa!) He's such a sweet old man...he came in yesterday and just looked at me weird, and said, "you look different! What's going on?!"
2. Another regular who I haven't seen in a long time came in and said, "E, what's going on...like with you? (and pointed to my head!)" I told him and he was beyond shocked...but then knew the reason he came in today!
3. A guy that works 3 buildings down at Alphagraphics usually places his order to-go over the phone, but today he decided to eat in. I didn't have his table, the other girl did, but after he was done he came up to me and said, "I don't want to pry, but are you a survivor?" I told him not yet, but I will be. He asked me what type of cancer I have and he said he had something similar. Neuroblastic Lymphoma. They told him he was going to die. He went thru chemo, radiation, spinal tap and then a bone marrow transplant and he is alive and kicking today (obviously!) I was floored and I asked him if went to Good Sam for his BMT and he said, "yup!" I said, "Dr. Schriber?" He said, "yup, he is the best!" So, there is another success story that this guy is G-O-D when it comes to BMT because here Milo was told he was going to die....
4. It was towards the end of my hectic busy day today when 5 lovely ladies walked in. They were probably my Mom's age (50s-60s). I went up to the to greet them, bring them chips and salsa and get their drink order. Well, they started off by asking, "We have to ask...we are all breast cancer survivors!" That just got to me for some reason. These ladies were sooooo nice. I was so overwhelmed by their reaction to what I told them. It brought me to tears at their table (and I haven't broken down at work once!) After they had their dinner, etc...I thanked them and said goodbye. They said they weren't done with me yet. They wanted to give me all of their positive energy. So they all got up from the table, surrounded me and gave me a hug sandwich. It was so awesome. I mean these ladies are complete strangers! It's just amazing. I couldn't believe it. These ladies are truly angels...
It just goes to show you how prevalent cancer is. It's really quite sad and scary. I have another story to tell, but I will leave that for my next blog entry. I don't want to put all the good stuff into one entry! It will give you something to look forward to!
I heard from Mary, my chemo buddy again...she sent me a postcard from the National Geographic Museum in D.C. It was nice. I still haven't heard from my other one and emailed the lady and she said she asked them if there was a problem...I have yet to hear! No biggie...
I thank my lucky stars that I know I will conquer this beast and squash it from my body FOREVER. I can thank all of you out there for your never-ending prayers and positive energy and I can also thank all my new friends out there who are by my side whom I don't even know. It truly is unbelievable and I am ever so grateful. I can never thank you all enough, never.
So, I hope you all have a great weekend.
Love you all---E