Tuesday, November 10, 2009

One Week In the Life of "Semi-Colons"

I particpate on the Colon Cancer Message Board at the American Cancer Society site. It is an incredible community of support and information for people in the trenches of a specific cancer.

I thought the following post sums it up nicely: Thanks Rob

As I remember my many friends here in this community I am overwhelmed by what we collectively face in any given week.

This week we will undergo surgery to reverse an ileostomy. We will stand by the hospital bedside of a mother in Italy, and a brother with bone mets. We will recover from surgery and regain health.

This week we will report for radiation and Chemo, for Oxy, Irinotecan, 5FU, Avastin, and Erbitux in various combinations.

We will suffer the side-effects and mitigate them as best possible with lotions, pain-killers, anti-emetics, and other tricks.
This week we will be PET scanned, CT Scanned, Bone scanned, x-rayed, scoped, and blood-tested every which way. We will wait for results. We will share and celebrate the good news and we will share and lament the bad.

This week we will search for new doctors and solicit second opinions. We will consult pain specialists. We will research new treatments and discover new possibilities. We will adjust to new realities and hope for better days ahead.

This week we will accompany our loved ones with cancer to various appointments and we will continue to walk with them through the ups and downs of the week.

This week we will be massaged and accupunctured. We will receive healing touch and reiki. We will meditate and pray, we will celebrate birthdays, and we will juice!

In whatever it is you face this week, I wish for you...

"Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,Confidence for when you doubt,
Hope in times of despair,
Courage to know yourself,Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.”


  1. Really beautiful Peg ♥ I wish all this for you every minute of every day.

    sending my prayers, hugs and love to you and yours always ~


  2. Rob is obviously not only a beautiful person but positively inspired. Thanks Peg for sharing this with all of us! And I...like Lori wish all those things and more for you!

    I say this to you all the time but it's true, you inspire me. Your blog is so beautiful, so honest and thank you again for tending to it.

    Big hugs from Wisconsin!!


  3. Hey Peggy!
    I've enjoyed popping in on your BLOG from time to time. I love your "pluckey" spirit and honest faith.

    Thanks for posting the piece on "A Day in the Life". I can't take credit for the "I wish for you portion..." It has been around and is mostly anonymous. I am so happy to give it air though. It says so much of what we wish and hope for one another.

    Glad to hear of your good PET Scan results. Cancer is being beaten!

    Be well... Rob; in Vancouver