This past Friday was the 2 year anniversary of my diagnosis with Pancreatic Cancer. As I wrote shortly afterward, I found out the weekend before I was supposed to go to a 6-day (2 weekend) scout training for leaders. I remember not getting as much out of it as other scouters there, but I’m sure that was largely due to my circumstances (I recall one of the activities we did was “What are you afraid of.” You guessed it, my number one choice was death — can you guess what the #1 fear was? Leave a comment with your guess! And no fair playing if you’ve been through the Wood Badge course!!!)
For the second year in a row, I have served on the Wood Badge staff and this year it was sobering and yet exciting that I could say that it was 2 years since my diagnosis. When I was first diagnosed (and wondering if I would make it a month or two), my very good friend, Luis, told me confidently that I would make it for years and years. Of course, I didn’t believe him, but loved him for his support, prayers, and friendship. Luis and I served on staff during Wood Badge this year and, when I mentioned that it had been 2 years since my diagnosis, he reminded me that HE said I’d be around, but did I believe him? NOOOOOO!!
I’m alive and kicking, having recovered completely from a weekend of staffing Wood Badge. May will be largely a happy month, though, my father’s birthday is May 13, which will be hard.
Thank you all for continuing to read and be supportive. Don’t forget about Tumorpalooza 2 — only 4 months away!