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Back in September, I posted about Ovarian Cancer and told you about my wife, Cathy, and her journey with this disease. Two major surgeries and 17 chemotherapy sessions (lasting up to 6 hours each) later her oncologist ordered a Positron Emission Tomagraphy (PET) scan which was completed two days ago. The results of this scan showed "N.E.D.-No Evidence of Disease." In cancer treatment circles this is the disease remission that you pray for referred to as "Dancing with NED." While it is not a cure, it is an indication that active disease is not present.
I can honestly say one cannot know true sorrow until the one you cherish most is in peril and one cannot know true joy until the one you cherish most is saved. Right now, I am joyful to the point of tears. I pray that hers will be a long, slow dance (with Ned).
I recently changed my profile picture to a teal ribbon which is the banner for ovarian cancer. This month is set aside as the time to recognize, not commemorate, ovarian cancer. In April, my wife was diagnosed with Stage 3c epithelial ovarian cancer, had two major surgeries and is now half way through her chemotherapy in an effort to arrest, not cure, her cancer. Only 40% of the women diagnosed with this stage of the disease survive 5 years from point of diagnosis. I have told friends and family that our world just stopped spinning when we received the diagnosis and prognosis. When the one you hold most dear is in peril, life takes on a whole new meaning. I thought I would pause for the moment and tell you about Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and my beloved.
My wife's name is Cathy. As an online gamer, she was known as "SwissMiss." She doesn't do that anymore preferring the single player genres such as Far Cry 3, 4 and Primal. She is an adventure gamer who loves titles such as, Syberia and Bioshock and their sequels. Cathy is my best friend and my fishing partner. She can handle a 20' bass boat with the best of men and a true master of fishing the plastic worm. As a school teacher, she is the best I have ever seen. Students of all ages from Kg - 12th grade have flocked to her with any and all problems from academic to social emotional benefiting from her charm, wisdom and grace. She is a people person who has compassion, forgiveness and unconditional love for all. She lights up a room whenever and wherever she enters. I am blessed to have her as my spouse.
When her oncologist met us in pre-op to escort her for her second surgery, I told him, "She is the only reason I draw breath; please take good care of her." A tear fell from his eye as did mine after we spoke. To lose her would cut my heart out. I am prayerful that I will not, but there is NO CURE for ovarian cancer only remission which is all too temporary. Today, we are cancer survivors; tomorrow we don't know. That is the ugly truth of all ovarian cancers. There is no tomorrow, only today.
Please reflect on the women in your life and the significance of September as Ovarian Cancer Awareness month.
Okay, this is dumb and I know it. Back in May I sustained serious injury in a fall from a ladder. I am looking at a 9 month to a year convalescence. To pass the time, I have been gaming on my old android tablet as well as my desktop PC. I started playing Angry Birds Transformers (I know its a juvenile game but.................I have enjoyed it.) My old android tablet is kind of slow and glitchy so I bought a new one. I would like to transfer my Angry Birds Transformers progress to the new tablet rather than starting from the beginning. I have searched and tried solutions I could find online to no avail. One, using Helium software, was recommended but I have not been able to get it to work. I have copied the gaming files and saved them to a USB drive, but I cannot get them accepted/activated in the new game install. My old tablet is Ice Cream Sandwich and my new one is Lollipop. Can any of you gaming gurus help? Thanks.
BTW, don't ever fall from a ladder. Never climb one without backup help and support. The consequences can be devastating. Take my word for it.
"I love you, Perry. I'm so proud of the man you've become. You're loyal, smart, self-aware, kind, and inspiring. You're a good person and you're good for this world."
Reading your post and especially this last line made tears well in my eyes. What I would have given to have heard those words from my father now passed. Unfortunately, it was not his upbringing to be 'nurturing'. "You're a good person and you're good for this world"...................... maybe, but what is true is primesuspect is a really good father. "Shower the people you love with love, show them the way that you feel. Things are gonna be much better if you only will."
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