One week ago today I started chemotherapy and all I can say is – THUG. It’s that rough – like somebody raiding you of everything – all for the sake of what’s best. For example, my interest in reading books has waned a bit, as has my writing. I’m pushing through it though and listening to my doctor who said, “Don’t sit around waiting to be sick.”
I won’t get into the effects of chemo because quite honestly, they are what they are and they will pass, once I am finish treatments. I do, however, want to take you on a quick visit back in time, since lots can happen in a year!
Last July 13th I was busily preparing and putting the finishing touches on my National Diversity in Leadership Conference (NDLC) presentation, held at Princeton University.
Also last summer, I profiled more W.A.R. authors and had them share the impact that racism has had on their lives and their writings. And, as teachers do, I was preparing for the upcoming school year: broadcast journalism and technology classes, and books, books, books!
This summer, while different, has had some similarities. Yes, I am preparing for the upcoming school year and my new role as the school’s Library/Media Coordinator. Whoo hoo! I will be working in the library, alongside our fabulous librarian and technology team. A dream come true!
What’s different about this summer? Every two weeks I will have a 3-hour session of chemo. ONE down, seven more to go but who’s counting?
I can’t help but contemplate a few, there are tons of well wishes and thoughts that have been sent to me…
- a line from the song, LEAN ON ME, I just might have a problem, that you’ll understand.
- you do what you h a v e to do…and you w i l l overcome….(daughters of the survivors of that infamous middle passage heritage..(and we would always paraphrase faulkner from his noble acceptance speech….(we not only s u r v i v e…we will p r e v a i l….) all love: arnold [Adoff]
- The card sent to me from SLJ staffers with those adorable birds – “my fans.”
- The Parents’ Association and parents at The Hewitt School, who organized meals to be sent to me throughout the summer!
- Determination is the key to most things, and you seem to have much of that. Bless you and I’ll be keeping positive thoughts for you here in Laredo, Texas. I found that a major illness is just a strong reminder to live the life you want now, instead of waiting for a better opportunity. (Beverly Herrera)
- My students! My readers! My family! My Facebook and Twitter Family! Thank you!
Now, getting back to chemotherapy and its effects: it has not and will not penetrate the LOVE and SUPPORT I have received. Enough said. And…I have learned more this year than any other year of my life; namely, people make the world go ’round and it’s people that help you to heal.
Thanks for walking this walk with me and thanks, mom, for this video!
I am anxious to read books again but in the meantime, I have discovered that pictures and videos tell their own story. These are some story/pictures from the last seven days.