It's also the day I found out my little sister has endometrial cancer.
I know it sounds like those two statements can't possibly both be true, but they are. Her cancer is in the earliest, least aggressive stage and her doctor was very positive about the hormone treatments working for her.
This is not my family's first round with cancer. Thirteen years ago, my dad was diagnosed with stage four terminal sebaceous cell carcinoma. Today, he's as healthy and happy as ever. Chemo took a lot out of him, but he never lost his sense of humor or his positive attitude. (This is a man who wore his Cat in the Hat hat for his Sam's Club photo ID so that the door greeters and cashiers would smile when he came in.) He baked cakes for his chemo nurses and took them gifts every week. He's a farmer, but he retired after his diagnosis because he didn't have the energy for the labor intensive farm work. He took up sewing with his new-found free time and started making pillows for the chemo center to give the patients during their treatments. He made floor pillows for everyone he knew (I still have 3 of them). He and my mom made a book of the inspirational statements they found, including what Cancer CANNOT Do. They still give them to anyone they know who is affected by cancer. It took a toll on all of us, but the positivity and humor that we found certainly had a profound impact on his healing and helped us all cope with such a difficult situation.
My whole family is full of smartasses and we make wise crack comments all the time when we're together. Yesterday was no different. And my sister was leading the charge. Her doctor had a bit of trouble finding her cervix during the exam. Her response was "Oh, has it gone on a walkabout again? Well, keep looking, I'm not going anywhere." Her doctor cracked up and the room was full of smiles instead of sadness.
My sister's current treatment plan is hormone therapy and doesn't include radiation or chemo or surgery, so hopefully she won't have to deal with the worst of the side effects of cancer. Her outlook is sunny and she is full of the best medicines- love, laughter, and support. The forecast is brilliant and today truly is a Good Friday!
If you need a little medicine, here's a video that's sure to activate your laugh muscles: