( ^^ showed up on our front doorstep, courtesy of Robyn,
the talented illustrator who helps Doug design his holiday CDs)
Today, Doug got his first radiation treatment. It is a very space age situation. Lasts 7 mins or so. And the side effects are cumulative so he felt ok coming out of it today. He will do this daily, M-F, for 6 weeks and then it should stop.
Tonight, he takes his first chemo pill. We are gripping for the nausea that typically ensues. The chemo pill is daily and could be administered longer than radiation. Both treatments are meant to shrink the tumour, and hopefully improve his vision, motor coordination, and short term memory. We will see!
In all the sadness and trauma associated with a major life shift like this, I am delighted to report that there are MANY silver linings.
- Enhanced family bonding time. Clara is a CHAMP!
- Magical, intimate moments with a panoply of visitors
- Lots of real talk beyond just this cancer bullshit
- The chance to slow life waaay down to Doug speed, i.e, he noticed a peregrine falcon swooping through the canyon off our deck for first time whilst gazing off in the distance
- A renewed mission to try and #enjoyeveryday (thanks again, Teddy)
We are totally buffered by our community, which makes it even possible to recognize those silver linings. Just the other day, Doug had one dude and many special ladies surrounding him to help with various things, including a fresh shave. These are moments to cherish, and we do. Thank you over and over, dear friends. It helps make this situation a lot more bearable and we are extremely grateful. More to come....