10 years ago last week, my dad started his chemotherapy. Now, 10 years later, he gets one or two checkups a year, of which we celebrate when we hear that all is still well.
It is truly appalling to realize how many of the lives of people we know or meet are touched by cancer. This disease has become an ingredient to this recipe of life of which we have become all too familiar.
But when it was my father, then my child, there are no words to put to it. A balance of painful and beautiful all at the same time. So much on earth to be thankful for, to delight in, take joy from, to love.
We have been given a gift in our child, her personality, her strength. Especially now when this radiation treatment wants so badly to take all she has, but she fights back with a strength of a million souls. So much enjoyment and delight in watching her glean strength from spending time with her sisters, as they are playing or even when they act as her nurses, helping with g-tube feedings, special lotions on her burned face or giving her medicine. Always smiling, even sometimes when she cries she tells me "I'm crying because I'm happy, mom."
There is an incredible restaurant we go to in Osterville that serves wonderful healthy and organic food, funky atmosphere and beautiful owners, called Earthly Delights. Last time my dad was visiting, he copied this quote down from a card that had been placed in the window sill of this place.
“We are surrounded by Mystery, but not darkness. Uncertainty, but not defeat. We are surrounded by love, for which we may reach out in a time of need, And give again to those who need us.”