I wanted to get a quick update on sixintheworld. Everything is going well. Anne is almost 2/3rd of the way through her chemo and is handling her treatments as well as can be expected. She is on 3 week cycles, so just about the time she starts to feel normal she dives back in for another round. We opted for a strong chemo and with this particular one, we never forget that she is basically being poisoned. I am proud of the way Anne steps up each time and pushes through the infusion process and the subsequent recovery. It is difficult for her, but she is keeping her spirits up through the whole process, and true to form gets more upset about other things in our lives rather than her illness. We continue to receive great support from our friends and family. Anne and I talk about it and our collective thought is we don’t know how people can do this without the support of a great network of loved ones. There are plenty of people who do make it through, but I can tell you the support we get means the world to us.
We don’t expect our lives to go back to the way they were. I even refer to July 22nd (the day Anne checked into the hospital) as the first day of the second half of our lives. We are however adding back aspects of our normal lives. Dax made it to Oxford and is a fresher studying ancient history and classical archeology, I have put myself back to work and am exploring a few job opportunities. The littles are enjoying home school (which was planned before we knew Anne was sick). McKane is settling into his new high school, and I am coaching Asher’s soccer team. My biggest task (not a simple one) is to keep her from scoring too many goals. We also moved, which if you can avoid doing chemo and moving at the same time, I highly recommend it. Fortunately for us it was just down the street as we are renting the house of our friends who are on their own 1 year journey around the world, which is one of life’s little blessings.
I will periodically post updates, but we don’t want to turn sixintheworld into a “cancer journey” blog. For right now, that journey feels very personal and will take much longer for us to process and understand. At some point when Anne is cancer free long enough, we will exhale and tie our two journeys together. For right now, we can only express how glad we are that we did the trip when we could and how much we appreciate all the comments and well wishes from around the world.