Originally published December 5, 2017.
Remember the movie, Shawshank Redemption? There's a great scene where the two main characters Andy (Tim Robbins) and Red (Morgan Freeman) are talking about a thing called HOPE. Red doesn't believe in a future beyond the prison walls they share. But Andy sees it another way: "I guess it comes down to a simple choice: either get busy living, or get busy dying." Even though my cancer was stage 1 and the lymph nodes were clear, my Oncotype test (tumor cells) showed a high percentage of recurrence. I could take my chances with radiation and drug therapies alone, but my recurrence percentage will drop dramatically if I include chemo. So, I have decided to fight the fight - thanks in part to a book my friend and fellow yogi (Kay Perrier) gave me two days before my appointment with my oncologist. The book is called "God Never Blinks, 50 Lessons for Life's Little Detours" - by Regina Brett. You may remember her as a columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Brett was diagnosed with breast cancer at 41. Regarding treatment, she writes: "I did everything they told me to do: surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and more surgery. And I'd do it all over again if I had to because life is worth fighting for." That was 20 years ago and Brett is still walking the planet.
My port went in last week and I start chemo on 12/7. Please continue to be my prayer warriors. I can feel your positive vibes deep in my bones and it lifts me up every day. In the meantime, I will continue to keep busy living.... and loving..... and caring.... and sharing my passion for yoga!
PS - Here is the big moment where I'm getting my "chemo cut" with Madigan McDermott at Hot Locks Salon. Thanks to Madigan and everyone at Hot Locks for making it a very special appointment.