I wish there was a special long-term holiday for people fighting cancer. So, when someone tries to call you, they'll get a voice message stating:
"You have reached the phone of Alex Harrington. He is currently away right now fighting cancer. His life's responsibilities of work...home chores...bills...car maintenance...and other everyday errands, etc... etc... etc... have been suspended until he completes his treatment. If this is an emergency, please be patient (no pun intended) and just know that he will get back to you when here turns from treatment." BEEP!
Yep! A long-term cancer holiday would be nice, indeed :-)
But, that's not reality. Despite one would think, cancer does not give you a "get-out-of-life's responsibility" card when you have it. So, you still gotta go to work (or at least telework), do home chores, take care of bills, make sure the car is running properly, and always keep up with those daily errands that seem to be coming from a bottomless chore bucket or something.
For me, however, keeping busy with life and work is a blessing. It's confirmation that I'm still alive.
And I cannot complain. So far, the treatment has not severely impacted my life and work activities. I continue to live and work as normal...as one can hopefully expect.
The next infusion is scheduled for this Friday, August 5th, from 1 to 4:00 p.m. One of good friends, Patricia, will be taking me there that day.
On another note...
As I continue to fight against cancer, the one thing that allows me to literally expunge most of my anxious thoughts and fears into a healing narrative, composed of restorative words, is journaling. Through my writing, I hope to find meaning and purpose within the midst of cancer, while at the same time benefiting from its mental medicinal effects; possibly a ‘self-cognitive therapeutic process,’ so to speak. It seems to be helping me quite well, evidenced by the fact that I am completely at peace with my life coexisting with cancer.
I now use two platforms to journal my experiences with cancer. The first one is on CaringBridge.org, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides online communications for both care-receivers and care-givers. And I recently built a new blog site called, “A Life's Walk with Cancer.” This blog is intended to give family and friends unencumbered access to my online journal. So now, I plan to provide the same updates on both of the following sites:
Now, if time goes by and you have not seen any new updates, I may be on that long-term cancer vacation. So, just call and leave a message until I return ;-)