Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Standing Up To Cancer: An Elvis Update

"The power of love to change bodies is legendary, built into folklore, common sense, and everyday experience. Love moves the flesh, it pushes matter around... throughout history, "tender loving care," has uniformly been recognized as a valuable element in healing."

-Larry Dossey

Well, my boy is off to chemotherapy! This will be his 5th dose of the stuff, and it is doing it's job well, because he is pretty much his usual goofy self most of the time again. He got two new shirts this week. One is a red and white sailor suit with a blue anchor on it that you see here, and the other one is a flannel tank top that has a big chocolate chip cookie that has the caption, "Got Milk?" LOL. Dr. B told me, from the very beginning, that there would be times when Elvis would look so good that I would actually forget that cancer was in the shadows. Weep.

Yeah, there are times when I let myself forget about it. Alan and I aren't letting it keep us from enjoying our boy, but mornings like this one, when it is really cold outside, and I wake up with Elvis curled into my side, I have to take a couple moments and cry. I know that I will be facing next autumn without him, for the first time in over a decade. Elvis has seen me through times I never thought I would survive, and even when things were going wonderful, and I was on top of the world, he was still there, taking care of me. Somehow, I kinda think that even death won't stop him from watching over me.

Have you heard about the special that will be airing on the three major networks this Friday night? It's called, "Stand Up 2 Cancer." Did you know that cancer kills one person every minute? EVERY MINUTE! My grandfather died of leukemia, and cancer has already touched Alan, when his father was diagnosed with it just a few years ago. Chances are, you might know someone right now who has been diagnosed with cancer, or already lost someone to it. Weep.

Go and look at the website, then be sure to watch it this Friday. It will be on ABC, NBC, and CBS at 8 pm. Watch it. If you donate a $1 or more, you can launch a star for a person you know who has been diagnosed with cancer. Alan and I are going to do that later this week for our boy Elvis. Yes, I know he's a cat, but there is research being done to find a cure for our fur babies as well. We are all in this together. Please remember, cancer can come at any age, if you haven't already had your annual physical, please make an appointment this week to take care of yourself. And while you are there, also talk to your doctor about having an A1C test for diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is on the rise as well.

Nearly three years after her death, I still miss and indeed mourn Pam. I miss her little IM's when she saw me log on really early in the morning, and her funny little comments and emails, and I miss... her voice. This has to stop, or at least more has to be done. Wouldn't it be wonderful if cancer was stopped in our lifetime? We all can't just hope it will happen, we have to make it happen. One day I hope to purchase a star for Elvis from the star registry, and then after he is gone, I can look up, and see him watching over me. It's a comforting fantasy, but I would rather have him cured and sitting by my side. For now, hope is all I have.

Don't forget to watch Stand Up 2 Cancer on Friday, September 5th!

"Elvis The Sailor Man"
Berkeley, California
September 2nd, 2008


Solitary Dancer said...

Ahhh, so good to see the sweet, special soul that Elvis is. He's is a precious little boy.

Yes, My family has been touched by cancer more than once. The closest to me was my father. He died of lung cancer

Hugs and love, my friend


Suzanne R said...

Elvis looks so sweet! I don't know what I'd do if any of my kitties had cancer. You and Alan are brave, and you are in my heart.

As you know, on the human front, my DIL Steph has just had her cancerous thyroid removed. I am concerned as she is a little slow getting her energy back, but I feel confident she will be fine. Still, it's scary, because of the 15% of the people who get it who don't have a good outcome. My prayers are that she is firmly in the 85% who are completely cured of it.

You may also recall that my husband Steve had leukemia, which claimed him 13 years ago.

I could go on -- there are other family members with cancer now.

I must watch this show. Thank you for bringing it to my attention, Carly.


IndigoSunMoon said...

I still miss Pam too. I stop by from time to time and leave her a message. I feel like she can hear it you know?
Your boy looks awfully spiffy in his new shirt! And I know you are going to enjoy every single day you have with him.
Give him a good stroke down the back for me ok?
Love you Carly,

TJ said...

Pam, Kimberleigh blog friends fallen to cancer and what courage they had.
It is a sad moment, that meoment they say you have cancer. I have been there and fought the beast.
I am truly one of the lucky one and count my blessings often.
I am sorry for your Elvis, a pet should never have to deal with such things. Their lives are so short anyways...they are such a gift.

Kiva said...

What a cutie. I lost my Rats the Cat last year to stomach cancer, but every so often I hear him or imagine a thump on the bed. I know he's still here taking care of me.

As for cancer, I don't know whether I could watch the program. I've just lost too many people and animals to that insidious disease. I like the star idea -- but I just want to donate so that they will discover the cure before my kids and grandkids don't have to deal with it physically or emotionally.