a quote from my favorite author

“The most solid advice, though, for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell, and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”

-William Saroyan, The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze

Sunday, October 16, 2016

CELEBRATION 10.15.16 (an update)

Since my previous post...my dad's surgery was canceled because test results showed his cancer had spread. 

He would keep his voice, but lose hope in having a cancer-free future.

Then, I was shown the power of hope. He was told about an experimental drug that might be able to prolong his life despite the inevitability of cancer. The possibility of this new medicine gave us hope. I clung tight to the hope and wondered whether the luxury of hope was more valuable than an effective medicine.

At his next visit to the hospital for tests, he was prepared for the worst. Doctors got real with him and explained that if the experimental drug did not work, he would have about 6 months to a year to live. 

It was at this point in the day that I called him to see how he was doing. I have been trying to let go of control over his care and allow my uncle to take over more of the responsibility now that school is back in session.  

He told me the latest news. He was waiting for the doctor to give him the results of the scan he had that morning. He knew it would be more bad news and sounded utterly dejected. 

When the doctor came him, he put me on speaker phone, so I could listen in on the meeting.  

"I got the results from this morning's test," the doctor started, "and I am baffled."

My dad's scan showed that he is completely cancer-free.  This test contradicted previous tests that pointed to the exact opposite outcome--that the cancer had spread.  

Since then, my dad has had additional tests that support the cancer-free news.  His cancer is in remission for now. 

And that is something to celebrate!


  1. That is a very big celebration! I am so glad for your dad, you and the rest of the family that you got this good news.

  2. Holy Cow. That is wonderful news and definitely something to celebrate. I've been thinking of you these last weeks and wondered how things were going. This post was worth the wait!

  3. This is wonderful news. Health is worth a major celebration!

  4. I'm so happy for you and your dad and the rest of the family!! And yes, celebrate health! :)

  5. What great news! Prayer has power and this is a perfect example of that power. So happy for you and your family!

  6. I was not aware of the turmoil you have been living this past year. Cancer is such a devastating thing to go through, no matter what side of it you are on. This is such a wonderful celebration and I pray that it is one you can celebrate for a long, long time!

  7. So happy to hear this good news! Blessings to you and your family as you move forward. Hope and prayers make a powerful team.

  8. couldn't be happier to read this... so glad for this celebration! Wow! I will keep wishing and hoping for more great news like this for you and your family.

  9. Tears of joy for you and your family!
    I believe in miracles.