Day 17 (of 31 days of free writing)

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.