Tag: cancer

The Lady in the Hermès Scarf

Elena tugged at a corner, and the heavy silk twill slipped from beneath the stack of scarves in the drawer to fall open in her hands. In the field of cerulean blue, the silver bark of the tree shone. The slender branches stretched up from the trunk reaching almost to the limits of the carré, […]

The Lightness of Being

To fly over the ocean on a winged ship . . . It is an old feeling. A deep feeling. In it we are connected, even to the ancient Phoenicians daring to explore the Mediterranean. We feel that first voyage into the unknown — the sea surrounding us. […]

Spinning Carnival Ride

When Cancer Returns

The doctor’s eyes shifted slightly when he looked at me during the meeting following my scan. I knew. And I knew immediately. In the scan following my initial surgery, there were tiny, tiny spots in my lungs, as well as one in the T-11 vertebra. Too tiny to biopsy. So […]

Taking chemo

Chemo with Walter White

Tickle that cheek, and take your throne; pump your veins with gushing gold. On September 15, 2014, I took my first round of chemo for colon cancer. My treatment was FOLFOX6, a cocktail of Leucovorin, Fluorouracil (5-FU), and Oxaliplatin, for six months, infusions every other week. Each time I […]