"In many ways it's been a bit rougher yesterday and today as the first week in the chemotherapy monthly cycle can leave one feeling more tired and with occasional feelings of nausea, but the good news is that the side effects gradually lessen as the month progresses, enabling one to better adjust to and cope with the experience!
However, life advances much more easily when a proper perspective can be maintained. I have to admit that given many other medical conditions I've had to cope with since the age of 12 years, receiving this cancer treatment is far from being in the top half of my list of bad experiences. Indeed, it is so far very tolerable. Sometimes bad things are prone to happen to us and too much hurt visits far too often for one to grow frightened of. Yet, when all the water has been drained from the cooking pot and only the nourishment of the soul remains, eat heartily the food of life that is left and your health will be more readily restored.
Another upside to my treatment so far is that I haven't yet lost any hair, although it is early days and might be thinning to my fading eyesight without me noticing its obvious departure. And yet, even if I do, I shall need to remember that a bird without its feathers is still a bird, a man without his hair is still a man, but a creature with someone to love and who is much loved in return has all there is to have and hold and is envious of no other.
So step out proudly with extended breast for it's not yet Christmas and there is yet much to do and another summer to enjoy and strut our stuff. Do not worry unduly about what the future holds in store, for your fate was set before your birth and destiny will deliver its verdict when it's due. As mum would often remind me, 'What will be will be, but what you never want you'll never get, Billy.'
Let's face it folks, even the calandar knows all there is to know about the human condition; the Alpha and the Omega, the start and the end of the week's cycle of life; and upon each turn what the next day will bring for us. When the pages of Monday and Tuesday have been turned, even the calandar says, 'W T F !' in preparation of what might come." William Forde: May 20th, 2014.