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Walking alongside cancer, by Linda White
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MAY IS the best sailing
This year, we are especially happy to see May arrive, even though the boat is still up on the hard, sitting on jack stands in a boatyard in Lewisetta, for we have been on an unexpected--and unwanted--journey.
It began with my husband's cough in November, a cough like so many other people seemed to have at that time. This one, though, turned out to be different, as an X-ray followed by a CT scan eventually showed. There was a mass "suggestive of, if not indicative of" lung cancer, my husband's report read.
At first it seemed improbable. Impossible, in fact. After all, neither of us had ever smoked. And for years Larry had joked
Soon we began developing a new vocabulary: Needle biopsy. Mediastinoscopy. Interventional radiology. Staging. Adenocarcinoma.
And a new parade of people began streaming into our lives. Drs. Sherwood, Vaughn, and Chinault and their staffs populated our conversation and thoughts. December was full of appointments and procedures, and a gradual acceptance