Up and Down and.. . .

5 Sep

How many times have I said – and even written in the blog – that life is a turning circle. We never know when things are going well, how far we are from the top before life tips us over. Similarly, we never know when we’re approaching the bottom of the cycle, only for it to start going up.

Recently, and in the last week in particular, I’ve certainly been in a downward spin. It’s easy to explain why. I just couldn’t bring myself to post it as a blog. If I was on my blog jury, I would definitely still be “out”. Do my faithful, supportive readers have a “right” to know, should I have shared my thoughts when it mattered most, or simply put: “whose blog is it anyway”? Why am I looking at when I last wrote – why do I care how often I communicate like this?

This is the bottom line: my stomach issues have caused me too much pain. It’s cruel, this cancer. The physical deterioration leads the mind off to meander. And I’m not alone. My family immediately picks up the vibe and the discussions become dramatic. But my brother-in-law Keith, is always there as a medical miracle. “Give your stomach a complete rest”, he advises me. I’ve been on a liquid diet for the last five days; starting with clear chicken broth and water only. I’ve now worked my way up to include some soft pieces of the broth’s chicken and its overcooked vegetables. The Jewish penicillin seems to be waving its wand. And he had one other tip – the juice of sauerkraut!! Apparently, it’s full of pro-biotics.

I’m more than happy to report that today is a much better day. Notwithstanding that Keith also advised that I “take it easy” (my late father-in-law’s mantra), today is my daughter’s birthday. We’ve decided to travel north to celebrate together. “Doing” is part of my mantra. It’s what motivates me and is a reason that I feel driven to keep finding things to do. But my body is telling me through tiredness that I have to tone it down. Golf was the first casualty this week. Lethargy has leapt to the fore.

This is where friends and family come through. My golf buddies continually tell me they’re there for me and waiting. Yesterday, a true friend flew back to Israel from a family wedding and phones to see how I’m doing. And I know there’re others who really care.

I hope they realise how much I appreciate such support. The fight goes on.    

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6 Responses to “Up and Down and.. . .”

  1. Felicity September 5, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    Happy birthday to Nads!!

    I’m so glad there’s been improvement and am visualizing more and more to come!

  2. Michelle September 6, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    Wishing Nads a happy birthday. I echo Fel’s sentiment. … So pleased that you’re on the upward turn of the circle. Long may that last!

  3. sara September 6, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    Thanks for keeping us updated – I appreciate it takes a huge effort to write – and of course you always try and be positive – as if to make us feel better too.
    love and virtual hug from Tsur Hadassah

  4. cancer therapie September 9, 2012 at 12:48 am #

    I do not even know the way I stopped up here, however I assumed this post used to be great. I don’t recognise who you are but certainly you’re going to a famous blogger when you aren’t already. Cheers!

  5. angiemaus September 11, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    Happy belated birthday to Nads and so happy to hear that you’re feeling strong enough to blog xxxx

  6. Tzip September 14, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    Martin – keep fighting, we are all rooting for you, praying for a miracle…and the parps SOON

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