I'm trying to put the brakes on what feels like a runaway train. My life.
It's been a long week. A too quick summer and a very long week.
Monday? Glorious. Terri, A Fresh Chapter, Terri who has been traversing the continent spent the day with me. Here. In my home. We had a wonderful day together. Doing nothing for a while and then, separately, retreating to our laptops to get some work done. Lunch at a great NY pizza joint, hugs at the train station.....
Tuesday? Heartbroken. I've been worried about Catherine. Exactly one year ago, she was in NYC and we met for tea. We strolled the streets of Brooklyn and had a beautiful summer visit. A cancer diagnosis for her first wedding anniversary, still in her 20's. This summer? Catherine was moving beyond cancer.
What began in June, screening, with plans of starting a family, of having a baby, came crashing down on August 13th. Two months into what should have been great anticipation about the next chapter, her world has been shaken to its core. Zsolt's too.
Not Awesome News was delivered by Dr. Canada. Catherine, whose 31st birthday was just about a month ago has been diagnosed with metastatic disease. The breast cancer is in her lungs.
I'm really pissed off. I know you guys in the labs are trying your best, but damn it to hell, your best isn't good enough anymore. We need more research, different research, a new angle. Frankly, the status quo stopped working a long time ago. This week, it really hurts. Lots.
For you, Catherine. Right by your side, steadying your step. Sending love.
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