Roughly. There may have been a few times I went four weeks rather than the usual every three but the idea is the same. I’ve had a lot of Herceptin pumped into my body. It goes without saying, but I need it to build up to one short thought, that is a lot of visits to the cancer center. One would think it would be a breeze, I buzz in and I buzz out. Routine.
Today was different, I felt very isolated.
Living with metastatic disease can be very lonely. People forget that their support–a phone call, a text–can make a difference on treatment day. Please don’t take this wrong, this is not meant to step on any ones toes or raise any hairs on any necks. But I felt alone.
Today I felt like a patient and not someone that is a little inconvienced for having to stop by the cancer center for an IV with a bit of “juice.” I haven’t felt this way in some time.
I felt like a patient and it made me very sad.
Linda Carey is the co-creator of The Tutu Project and President of the Carey Foundation. Bob and Linda Carey have been together since 1986. When Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003, Bob decided to expand on an odd project he’d started: he’d taken a few pictures of himself in a pink tutu, and the unlikely images cheered Linda up and gave both of them something to focus on other than her diagnosis. Linda’s positive approach to living has become a beacon of hope for cancer patients across the world.