Blog entry: June 18, 2008
Dr. Dillon’s office:
“You have a nonspecific mass in your omentum,” Dr. Dillon says.
“I didn’t even know I had an omentum,” I reply.
“It’s a fatty covering in the abdomen.”
“How big is the mass?”
“About the size of a grapefruit. The nearby lymph nodes are also enlarged.”
Diagnosis clarified two weeks later: July 2, 2008
The good news from Dr. Dillon is that I have lymphoma and not an omental tumor. The latter is much more lethal. Lymphoma is one of the more curable cancers. He’s sending me to an oncologist since chemo is used and not surgery. I’m to call Dr. Kurbegov’s office on Monday and set up an appointment.
And so it began.
One year later I’m still here. I’ve learned a great deal about the human body and spirit. Both can surprise you with their depth and resilience; yet they are as ephemeral and vulnerable as a cell membrane.
We contemplate the eternal while we cling to the moment; at least I do.
Here’s my To Do List for today, in alphabetical order:
- Avoid germs
- Drink water
- Love people
- Try not to bleed