Thursday, November 10, 2011

Packing my bags for Salt Lake City....

My dad is a person living with cancer. 

He's an amazing dad, fun to be around and when you talk to him, he makes you feel like what you have to say is important. 

He often mispronounces names, blares a certain news channel a little too loud for my taste, and tapes his favorite slippers together with duct tape.

When he's home and not undergoing treatment, he drives other people, those who don't have rides, to get their chemotherapy. He sits in the waiting room and waits for them, as long as it takes, then drives them home.

If you knew him, you would like him. Everybody does. 

Tomorrow I'm flying to Salt Lake City, UT to be with he and my mom as he undergoes his 3rd bone marrow transplant. 

They only give you the transplant because first they give you a lethal dose of chemo. The transplant saves your life.

Administration of the chemo and the subsequent transplant of stem cells is done completely outpatient and is almost a non-event. 

But the recovery.... that's a whole other story.

I'm nervous to leave my four babies for the weekend.... ugh, can't even think about it.

I've never been away from Colin for more than one night, two days.... and that was one time. But they will all be in good hands with my husband and in-laws. And I know I'm doing the right thing.... for me.

My dad is a person who lives life to the fullest and although the reason for this trip is certainly one I'd never choose, we're going to have a great time together. 

Always do.

2 comments:

Karen said...

I have only met your dad a few times, but he has made an impression on me. To pack up and live with you for months was so awesome of him. I was shocked when you told me he was living with MM. I am praying for him as I know so well that the next couple of weeks will be rough (to put it lightly). I'm so glad you are able to go and provide support for him!

Mom to one, three on the way! said...

Thanks Karen :)