I let that wash over me for the next hour as the drip continued and the Benadryl started to take effect. 40 people a day. 200 a week. Not the same people either. I come once every two weeks. 40 families a week are affected by the same or worse stuff than I am going through. This is unbelievably humbling. I remember back to the Egg Bowl before I knew I had cancer. There was an ad promoting cancer research that stated that 1 in 5 people would have cancer in their lifetime. I looked at my group of six there, my parents, my sister and her husband, and Carly and myself. My dad had already had cancer and I thought, "good we are covered just about." Looks like I was the 1 in the next 5. I left the Chemo Dock as the last patient of the day. The waiting room was empty, TV Land was turned off, and the sky was getting dark. The Benadryl was taking full effect and when we got home I immediately fell asleep.
One of the most poignant statements made in tonight's heartbreaking episode of Downton Abbey was from Mary. She said, "It is nice to know that we are not alone and that others are facing the same trials."
The trials I am facing now have been faced before. The trials you are facing now have been faced before. So many people have reached out to me to tell me their story of cancer. Whether it was a personal story or a family story, people have longed to encourage me through their experience. It is empowering. So share your story to those around you. You never know who you will encourage or help. It just might be another one of the 40 or that 1 in every 5.