The Big C

A journey through Stage Four Cancer

The Stalker

on August 21, 2010

    Most of us have heard about “stalkers,” people who fixate on a certain person – usually a celebrity, and dog their every step.  At one time, stalkers were more of a nuisance than a threat.  Not anymore.  From Rebecca Schaeffer (My Sister Sam) to John Lennon, stalkers are now considered heavy duty menances.

   People who have had cancer feel like we have a stalker too.  With the earlier stages of cancer, after treatment, patients can assume that they are cured.  But as the stages of cancer increase, there is an increased waiting time before a patient can feel “cured,” usually five years.  Stage four cancer can never assume that they are are “cured.”  We can be in remission, but never cured.

Remission can feel like “cured,” except stage three and stage four cancer patients have to remain vigilant and get tested often.

No matter how well we feel, when it comes time to be tested, we begin to worry.  Will the test reveal that cancer, the stalker, is back?

For a friend, I call her my “cancer buddy,” the stalker has returned.  She has gone through another operation to remove the tumor.  The other day, she had to get a medical port installed again into her chest wall.  In the coming days, she will go through another round of chemotherapy.  I ask that you please pray for her and her family as her body is deliberately poisoned (chemo) in hopes that any remaining cancer cells get poisoned and destroyed.

And  please say a quick prayer that her stalker, and mine, doesn’t return.

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2 responses to “The Stalker

  1. Sherri says:

    Thank you so much for sharing with us all. I cannot even begin to imagine what it is you are going through, and I have no words to share with you. I will read your words and feel what you write in only a way someone without cancer can do. I don’t know how to offer you support other than to be here and go through your journey with you here on your blog. If ever there is something that I as a reader can do for you, please just say the word and I will do just that.

    I have been a subscriber on your other blog. I had to go back and re-read your posts there. I would have never thought you were ill when reading those. You are such a brave and insightful woman. And Tara sounds like good medicine for you….

    God Bless You…

  2. I am not going to stop praying for you. You are so brave to be able to open up and share yourself. i will find and follow your other blog also.

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