This is just a quick post. I am enjoying having extra free time in my life, doing more recreational reading (and I always read a lot). I am most of the way through Oliver Sack's The Mind's Eye. I have always appreciated his books for their keen observation and deep compassion. In one chapter of this recent book, he describes vividly his experience with a melanoma in his right eye. He explains that such melanomas seldom spread and kill, but often result in the loss of sight in the eye. I was struck by the following, midway through the chapter:
Having cancer, any cancer, means an instant change in status, in one's life. The diagnosis is a threshold beyond which lies a lifetime, however long, of tests, treatments, and vigilance -- and always, whether conscious or unconscious, a sense of reservation about the future.
Others who have been at this longer than I may have a different viewpoint, but this struck me as very true.