Yesterday I had a conversation with a woman who has ovarian cancer. She has gone through surgery, radiation, and at least two rounds of chemotherapy. She had just had another PET scan and she was eager to get the results. “I know my last blood work showed I have cancer markers,” she said without emotion, “but I don’t know whether the cancer will show on the scan yet.” One way or another we will die, it’s just a matter of time. The dying isn’t the hard part, it’s the staying alive that takes some endurance.
Day 17 (of 31 days of free writing)
Published by Linda Wright
Linda Wright, author of "My Turn: When Caregiving Roles Reverse," now lives in Florida. She has served on the boards of organizations serving people with rare, genetic bleeding disorders like hers. As a writer, she has contributed to several anthologies and is a member of the Tallahassee Writers Association. Linda is married to the Reverend Ms. Robin Gray. View all posts by Linda Wright