Two years ago today it was a Friday. I know that because we had checked into the hospital on a Wednesday afternoon after my wife’s CT Scan showed a large soft tissue mass that pretty much covered her entire chest. We slept in the ER that night until they could transfer us to the CCU (that wouldn’t be until 2 or 3 am). We stayed there for three days before moving to the ICU for a day and a half until we were finally brought to Oncology for an additional two weeks. It was two years ago to the date and yet I can recall the events as if only minutes had passed.
The mass ended up being Stage 4 cancer. Large B Cell Lymphoma, to be exact, having spread from her lymph nodes to her kidneys, lungs and also causing a pleural effusion around her lungs and heart. It’s funny how grim our lives appeared to be just a mere 730 days ago, yet here we both still stand, two years later, revelling in the aftermath.
So what do I have to offer you today? What have I learned about life since my world inevitably caved in on itself at 6:15 pm on January 23, 2015? What changed? How did we overcome? What’s next?
Not really sure, to be honest, but I can tell you this: Whatever you think you have to do – you don’t. Whatever you think is really important – it isn’t. Whatever deadline you need to make – it’s not the end of the world. I guess I learned to slow down and relax, because life is just too short.
So here’s to two years of bliss; two years of smiles, laugher, hopes, dreams, heartaches and hangups. But most of all here’s to Sara Lewis. She’s a superhero because when cancer kicked her, she kicked back. Hard.
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