I actually hate this word. It started out as your regular garden variety word, along with real, imagine, dream, fantasy, wish, you know, all the ones I like to use. Then along came life to ruin it all, confusing me with facts, another f word I don’t like.
There I was happily living my life, a great one, good job that was also fun, nice home, friends, neighbors, in good shape physically. Then I started hemorrhaging on the way to work, found out I had Uterine Cancer and had a complete hysterectomy. It wasn’t too bad, I was forty-nine and expected the dreaded “change” soon anyway.
Life improves, moved close to my daughter and grandkids which was a real dream of mine. Then in rolls Esophagus Cancer in my husband. I knew there was only a ten percent chance of survival since my brother in law died of it twenty years before. Yes, no changes in survival rate for this horrid disease. So reality struck again, harder this time, four years ago.
Okay, everyone surviving the loss of our most important family member, but reality wasn’t done with me yet. We all moved to Wyoming. Shortly after, I had an ordinary checkup and found I had Bladder Cancer, resulting in losing the bladder and being fitted with a delightful attachment, the bag. The urostomy is something you have to get used to. Picture a big raspberry on your abdomen…that’s what it looks like. Of course it’s covered by a bag and there are all types of available cottony material items to cover that. My favorite which I don’t have, by the way, has “f— this” written on it. I thought that was hilarious when perusing the catalog.
So I started a blog to help others in my situation see some humor in this. And there is plenty of it once you get over the, oh my god stage. But there it is, reality again. So deal with it, right? After two years I’ve only received one question about having the urostomy. It’s weird.
I have to add that meeting everyone here on WP is a part of reality I’m very grateful for. It’s taken me out of myself, possibly too much at times? 😳😂
Thank you for that!💓