Friday, December 08, 2017

Coming to terms with the 'C' Word

It's exactly a week since the C word struck us and we are still coming to terms with it.   Lot has happened in the last 7 days and lots more to happen in the coming weeks and months.  I am starting this blog series with a hope to share our experiences and get help from the larger community as we go through this journey.

Fateful Day
Certain events make you step up and reevaluate your outlook on life.  One such event happened in our life on November 30, 2017.  Till then, Sita preparing for the TWCM17 10K and I was planning logistics to volunteer.  But on that day, Sita was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer.  I was at work when she called me from Doctor's office.  She must have been in shock because all she mentioned was 'things are not good' and hung up.

It took me a few moments to understand what Sita said or didn't.  But, I understood enough to realize what it could be and rushed back home.  As luck would have it, Murphy's law stuck me.  There was some VIP movement and took me over 2 harrowing hours to reach home.  By then, Sita had come back and was looking glum.   I read the biopsy report multiple times and googled furiously hoping to find something sliver of hope.  But, all my searches pointed to the C word.

Though we knew of several of our friends who had gone thru this and fully 'cured', our emotions were at a different level when the C word stuck closer.  The stigma and fear that comes with this dreaded C word is something we are still dealing with.

Since that fateful day, Sita has gone thru multiple procedures and doctor visits.  She went thru pet scan, ER PR tests and visits to surgical and medical oncologists.  All confirmed cancer and have chalked out next steps that include long drawn chemotherapy and surgical procedures.

These events and findings are still dawning on us.  we are struggling to come to terms with the discovery and haven't fully understood the repercussions, but are trying to take one day at a time.

Sita has agreed to go public as she fights this life-altering event.  I am not a good writer and will not be eloquent in describing what we are going thru, but we are hoping our story helps someone somewhere and Sita gets assistance from the larger community.

#cancer #breastcancer

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