Anyway, we were writing things down and getting into the details. We talked about making smoothies, having live music for musical chairs, etc. When we started talking about playing pin-the-handmade-popsicle-stick-flowers-on-the-flower-pot instead of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey and how each kid could put up their own popsicle stick flower and how it would be so cool because then they could all be contributing to the big flower pot instead of ridiculing each other for putting the damn tail near the eye or something; I forgot I had cancer. In that instant, it was no where in my mind. When I got up from the table, it was as though I just remembered. Oh yeah, there's cancer in my body. Shit.
Meeting new people these days is kind of difficult. When someone wants to shake hands and say where are you from? and what do you do? I want to say, Hi, my name is Cancer. My middle name is Blog. My last name is Green-Vegetables, with a hyphen. Cancer is all consuming. I try hard to let it not be.
I've been practicing my Mindful Meditation. Put your feet on the ground, feel your feet on the ground, put my finger on the keyboard, feel the keyboard. I chew about 65 times before I swallow my food (macrobiotics says chew 200 times - that takes a long time - I tried it. plus, there is no food left to chew after about 75). I thank the food for its nourishment while I eat. These things bring me into the moment and calm the brain down. They make it easier to put the cancer somewhere else. And in instances like when I was thinking so hard about the popsicle stick flowers, I wonder if the cancer really does begin to go away because it is so far removed from the mind. I think it does.
On Monday, I start a new treatment. It will involve a chemO agent in combination with Bevacizumab (try to say it. my oncologist says it super fast. like a lot of times). Bevacizumab is designed to stop angiogenesis, which is new blood vessels developing and carrying nutrients to the tumor: it basically cuts off the blood supply to the tumors. There is some controversy involving insurance and Money because the drug is very eXpensive. So some insurance providers do not want to cover it. Dr. B says he will show my insurance provider the new promising research articles about Bevacizumab and if they don't wish to pay for it, he will ask them where their office is and go over there.
I remain completely determined to destroy this cancer. While I can put it away for periods of time, it is usually there lurking in the background. It's nice to let go of it sometimes, but because it is there, like some kind of creepy soft elevator music, it keeps me in check and reminds me to focus on my project. My big Science Project called Beating the Shit Out of Cancer. With a concentration in Teaching My Kid Everything She Needs to Know in Life Right Now.
Send good vibes on Monday and say Bevacizumab 3 times fast.