Brothers. SOMEONE ASKED MICHAEL IF WE WERE BROTHERS. WAH! That’s all I have to say about that.
Happy 4th of July, Americas Birthday! Growing up in the United States is something I’ve taken for granted. Just like my health. You don’t think about it until something happens and then you are so grateful for it. While at Lourdes, I had the pleasure of meeting and being a part of the first pilgrims that made their way all the way from China so they could come bathe in the waters at Lourdes. This just amazed me for so many reasons. For one, did you know that Catholicism is practiced by 1% of the Chinese population?! I had no idea! We get so accustomed to stereotyping people based on their language, where they live, how they dress that we often miss opportunities for our own personal growth and learning.
Oh the looks on their faces as they were introduced to us. Pure joy, elation. For many of them, this will be the only time they leave the country in their lifetime and I can’t think of better place to travel!
Tomorrow begins Radiation Part 2. I’m nervous how my body will take to it because of the higher dose (and locations) but it’s only 5 days so hopefully they go by quickly and painlessly. The doctor said his first goal, which he believes he can successful with, and that’s to get the back and leg pain under control. It’s still such a weird feelings knowing that all of my pain is from the cancer spreading and not nerve damage. I have my surgery scheduled for Monday for the brain port and I’m guessing I’ll start the chemo with that shortly after. It’s going to be a busy week! Silver lining for this week? Optune gets to come off for a while because of the surgery and radiation so I’ll have a few days (possibly weeks) without it. I shouldn’t be excited about not using it because it’s helping, but a break from just carrying it around will be amazing.