1 day ago
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
I had all sorts of nifty ideas for this post. I've been out of circulation, first for holiday vacation, and then for a month dealing with a combined ear and sinus infection. Yee haw. That and some 'fun' times at the pdoc and tdoc have given me plenty to write about.
But I've been derailed.
I've lost another friend to cancer. Another colleague. I'm just too sad and angry to write about anything else. I want to throw up my hands at the universe and say "Enough!" I know the reality. I'm not a kid anymore, far from it. So my contemporaries aren't kids, either. Statistically speaking, every year that goes by means ... well ... it's obvious what it means. I just don't want to deal with this fact, that each year more and more people will leave. I have enough abandonment fears already, okay?
I don't want to rant or harp on this too much. No point, really. It just hurts.
Instead I'll say something about how she approached her cancer, and how it gave me some help dealing with my own chronic illnesses, of the mental kind. She felt that pressure a lot of us feel, that same pressure to put a good face on, to smile, even through terrible pain. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. She made a point of saying that facing an illness with courage did not mean never being sad, angry, or irritable. It helped me feel more at peace with the idea that it is okay to show the pain and confusion of illness, healing, and recovery. The process of living with illness is messy, and hiding that fact is a disservice. Sometimes you smile, sometimes you frown. That's okay. That's life.
So I'll say I am not feeling very okay right now.
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