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Sunday, September 6, 2009
Does she, or does she not, look like Charlotte W? This announcement hangs in every room on 11 Long. Sue's got one on the bulletin board at the foot of her bed. Every time we look at it we think of Charlotte, and it makes us smile.
My wife hadn’t been well for a while. In May of 2009 we found out why. She had cancer. Multiple myeloma. She was given the news on Thursday and started chemotherapy treatment the following Monday. She fought the good fight for the better part of a year with chemotherapy, an autologous stem cell transplant, radiation, and more chemotherapy, but the nasty cancer kept coming back. On March 29, 2010, not quite eleven months after her diagnosis, Sue died in her sleep from complications of multiple myeloma.
The Big C can set anyone’s mind to spinning. Shortly after Sue's diagnosis, in mid-May of 2009, I realized my mind had been spinning through stages of thought and it might be well to try to capture them, more or less honestly, for my own reflection and for the benefit of anyone who might wonder what one thinks about when one’s spouse gets cancer. This blog may have particular relevance to those diagnosed with multiple myeloma and their families and care-givers, though it is probably generically relevant to many forms of chronic illness.
With my April 25, 2010 post titled "Adieu" I concluded blogging on this site. The blog archive is listed in chronological order, but if you click on a month it displays the actual blog posts in reverse order with the most recent blog for that month at the top and the oldest post at the bottom.