I had three other posts lined up and ready, but sometimes the day takes shape in a different way. Today is one of those days. The day started off rocky, since my wife and I were up until 2AM doing paperwork for schools, summer camps, and RE-FIs. Then there were my two teenagers, whom I love dearly, even when they are grumpy for no apparent reason, like they were this morning.
On top of everything was “the appointment” with my doctor for a check up 4 1/2 months after surgery to remove bladder cancer followed by six immunotherapy treatments. There’s a 30% chance that this kind of cancer returns in the first year, and since this past occurrence was the second time I’ve had bladder cancer in the last two years, the chances of recurrence are all that much better. Or worse, depending on how you look at it.
But today, everything looks like the best Instagram filter available for a blooming flower flanked by deep green Georgia fescue. There’s just nothing quite like hearing the doctor say, “Everything looks great!” on such a fantastic spring day in Atlanta.
My fantastic wife put everything back in perspective when she got the news: “Hey! You’re not my ‘cancer boy’ anymore!” Amen belongs here, and a really good sense of humor helps a whole lot.
Nothing else really matters today. I’m just thanking God for all the blessings in the midst of this season. Anyone else out there battling cancer? You’re not alone, or at least you don’t have to be.