Saturday, July 6, 2013

The Latest!

It's been too long since I posted!  All is still well.  Thanks for all of your comments and emails.  Each time I get an email, it inspires me to keep the post going.  We are all in this together.  You all bring me hope and inspire me too. Ted is doing great.  His next MRI will be in August.  For those who are afraid of the chemo, surgery and radiation treatments, I really understand.  I was afraid of every treatment Ted had, but his attitude was basically, "Cancer is a bastard, so I'm going to fight it with everything I've got, no backing down."  He put up his dukes and battled like a warrior.  I remember being terrified at the thought of surgery and was stunned when I asked him how he felt. He said, "Bring it on and get this damn thing out of my head."

Ted is still doing Tai Chi four times a week.  He is now certified as a Tai Chi for arthritis instructor, which basically gets him free Tai Chi classes at our local community center and the opportunity to substitute when needed.  He's thinking about doing his own classes at a retirement community or cancer center, but hasn't worked up the energy to do so.  The one thing that truly changed about his personality after the diagnosis was that at one time he couldn't sit down.  He had to be busy and was constantly doing projects around the house and working like a dog outside of the house. Now, since the removal of the right frontal lobe, the desire to do something is lacking.  Basically, he can still do whatever he wants, but the motivation to get up to do it is missing, so this is where I come in.  You can probably label me as a professional nag.  Before the GBM, I never nagged a day in my life, now it is my second nature.  I hate the word, but can't think of a better one.   Nudge maybe?    He rarely complains and often times asks me to nudge him, so I do, even if I hate the sound of my own voice sometimes.  It's a good thing we love each other!   It's all new territory, even after seven years.  I just read this to him and he laughed and said, "I love you."  That's what counts.