I'm at a loss for how to introduce this week. At first I thought I might leave it at the face value of the pictures and protect my secret longer but as time has gone on I've realized I do want to share it here.
Much of this week was consumed with cleansing, testing, waiting, telling, processing, praying. Late Friday we got the news that I have cancer. Specifically, colorectal cancer.
I know...crazy. I wish it wasn't so hard to read that...I haven't found a way to just work it into conversation so that its not so startling.
The people we've told have lots of questions that we simply don't yet have answers to. There will be more testing this week and so we hope by late Friday we'll know more.
While Shaun and the girls were at rehearsal, R and I drove 45 minutes to see Z's football game. He played nearly the entire time and it was so good to see him out enjoying it. I sat next to his mom and her boyfriend and did my best to pour love into them.
These two brainiacs playing some countries of the world game.
Sitting at soccer practice isn't so bad when you have a new book and tea.
Amy took the girls to the Big E, because her six kids weren't enough to wrangle. :) Shaun and I are not fair people, so we mostly deprive our kids from that experience....the girls had a blast!
Traditionally, the football team gets together for a pasta/carbs meal the day before a game. This night it was our turn. How much food is enough to feed an entire football team?? I've hosted many, many events but this was unchartered territory for me.
Amy came over and helped me prep and serve and clean up and gave moral support. Together, along with Shaun's huge contributions, we fed about 30. We were SO happy to see R hanging with these teammates and enjoying cool status for the evening.
The boys were all polite and cleaned up after themselves.
Game time! Aiden had just gotten home from a week at the Cape with Pop and Kiki and we had just gotten "the news" and we were feeling like we wanted to be together as a family. So we skipped regular Friday activities and went to R's game.
We called a family meeting at 8 AM before our day really kicked off. Shaun had us all sit close, huddled in a circle as he told the kids that their mom has cancer. Its a time I will never forget.
And then we were off and running to football practice, rehearsal and soccer, just as it should be.
Its a time I will never forget.
So what now? I really don't know much but I will check back here this week at some point. Thank you for your prayers.