Thursday, June 9, 2011
Could it be genetics?..............
On the other hand, it's a week that has been destined to be joyous and light-hearted, no matter what. But, just under the surface, and in the back of our minds looms that word again.....CANCER.
Gale hasn't felt good for quite some time, and had begun to lose weight rapidly. After several blood tests, and a couple of doctor's appointments, we received the word (on Friday as we were travelling toward NC) that she has been diagnosed with Leukemia. She has an appointment with an oncologist, next Thursday, that specializes in this type of cancer. At that time, we will know the type and the staging.
Leukemia is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow, and it is in the same family as Bob's Multiple Myeloma. Is it possible that there is a genetic link? There are four major types of Leukemia, and like MM, the cause isn't really known (but genetics has been mentioned for blood cancers). Just as with MM, there have been many advances over the years in the treatment of Leukemia. We pray that it has been discovered quickly, and like Bob's, is treatable. We pray, and pray, and pray.
This week is a time of celebration, joy, and happiness. There will be time, too soon, for dealing with this.....and once again.....coping. Coping - that word that has become such a part of our lives, and something that we've learned to do quite well......but not when it's our child.
As many of my friends have said....."It's not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance.....in the rain".