About 5 weeks ago I wrote this post about my mother and was touched by the kind and supportive comments I received in response. The initial shock of my mother's diagnosis has worn off and I'm happy to report that my mother is tolerating the chemotherapy well. Despite the fact that she has lost all her hair, life seems to be continuing as usual.
Things seem so normal, in fact, that I have to remind myself sometimes that this is really going on for my family. When my mother first told me about her diagnosis I was frightened thinking about the torturous (but potentially life-saving) treatments she would be enduring. In popular media, people receiving chemotherapy seem to suffer from constant nausea and vomiting, but thanks to the miracle of modern medicine, there are some amazing anti-nausea drugs (thank you, thank you, thank you to whoever invented Zofran!)
I keep waiting for the sad violin music to start swelling in the background as though we were living inside the latest cancer "movie-of-the-week." Meanwhile, my mom is busy lunching with friends and taking naps. Yes, she's feeling a bit tired from the treatments, but she's always loved taking afternoon naps, so she's not feeling particularly put out by her current nap-schedule!
As far as hair-loss goes, she is now sporting the most stylish of hats... And my deepest, most sincere feelings of gratitude go out to my dear friends who have created beautiful hats for her. I know love and thoughts for strength & healing went into every stitch.
Love, healing thoughts & beautiful hats for my mama... My heart is full...