Webster’s Dictionary describes “Fear” as ” an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or the possibility of impending danger.” This completely describes the emotion we’ve lived for the past several months! Since the beginning of this mess, Patty has undergone every test imaginable! Countless blood tests, ultra-sound, biopsy, chest x-rays, PET Scan, CT Scan, Marker scans, Bone scan, Heart scan… I’m sure I’m leaving some out but you get the gist. The common denominator of all these tests is the waiting time to get the results. Unfortunately the person administering the test is not a doctor, therefore they cannot tell you the results of the test. You have to wait to meet with the doctor to hear the good or unpleasant news. Of course, the mind is a terrible thing during these “waiting” times! The mind can be your worst enemy! Both Patty and I know that, but it’s just a fact!
Patty had a bone scan this afternoon. Our Oncologist wasn’t very concerned about the test but said it was more of a formality to take off the “checklist.” Now, I heard her say that plain as day, but Patty was obviously very concerned that she had to go through another test! So, she did it and now we’re back in the waiting game! Our Oncologist is on vacation this week and Patty doesn’t have an appointment with her until next Monday, August 30th. My guess is we won’t hear a word about it until then! Having gone through this “waiting” period more than once over the past few months and trying to carry on a normal life during this time is very difficult! I’m sure when we meet with the oncologist next week, she’ll nonchalantly say: “Oh, by the way, your bone scan came back normal!” But, that doesn’t help us out over the next 7 days!
Patty is a very strong woman! She’s also normal! I’ve tried putting myself in her shoes, but even then, I know I can’t get close to feeling the fear that she experiences! We have God in our lives and we’ve got an amazing support system, but fear is an emotion that’s often hard to battle! Like I’ve said (and you’ve read me say) a million times, dealing with cancer is an emotional vs. intellectual battle… the emotional side generally wins!