Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Stage 1 lung cancer, free-falling and shadows

Shadows figure as prominently into lung cancer as Peter Pan’s shadow figures into the symbolism of J.M. Barrie's storytelling.

Who does not remember their childhood anxiety over Peter’s shadow “falling off”?

My life is still free-falling from that original x-ray shadow that revealed a 9 mm vague nodular density in left upper lobe of my lung 13 months ago.

Sorry after a year of this I tend to think metric forgetting that most American newbies and family and friends think in inches. 9 mm is .035 inches, If you want to pick up a ruler that would be the tiny mark greater than 1/8 of an inch and less than a 1/4 inch. A ladybug sized tumor if you prefer a visualization.   

Yes, it was removed successfully 10 months ago yesterday. Yes, there was no evidence of metastasis at that time.

Still … surviving Stage 1 lung cancer when nestled all snug in my bed ... shadows of opposite lung lymph nodes, not sugar plumbs, too often dance in my head. 

Patrick Leer
Caregivingly Yours, MS Caregiver @

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