friday morning my mom was diagnosed with first stage breast cancer. thankfully it is early enough that she has all options available and given her age, her prognosis is great. but we are in the middle of this world we never thought we’d visit. here we are though. cancer. chemotherapy. radiation. surgery. and not necessarily in that order. she wants books on health and healing. i am heading to my yoga studio today for practice and to browse the bookshelf there. she told me not to get her anything too smart. she wants to be able to understand it. no talk of metaphysics she says. forget that she’s a doctor. remember that she’s a patient who wants to be filled with hope and positivity. prayers help.
she’s calling the surgeon today to schedule her surgery. after agonizing over what surgery she should do, she called me and asked "do you think it’s okay?" i told her absolutely. she’s going to be so fine after all of this is over and she will have too many other things to look forward to so that cancer will be such a small part of her daytime musings.
i will keep you posted as this goes on. life is fragile, precious and beautiful.